DISH Network L.L.C., a subsidiary of DISH Network Corporation (Nasdaq: DISH), and EchoStar Technologies L.L.C., a subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (Nasdaq: SATS), issued the following statement regarding recent developments in EchoStar Communications Corporation vs. Tivo:
"We are pleased the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) dismissed Tivo's petition to vacate EchoStar's re-examination of Tivo's patent. In the decision, the Director of the Central Re-examination Unit of the PTO specifically found that 'the references of record may be used to find that a substantial new question of patentability is present, [and] the decision of the [PTO] examiner has not been shown to be in error' in granting EchoStar's re-examination petition. The PTO's decision clears the way for the re-examination to continue, which we believe will result in a Final Office Action invalidating the software claims of Tivo's patent. These software claims are the very same claims that EchoStar was found to have infringed in the contempt ruling now pending on appeal."
About DISH Network
DISH Network L.L.C., the nation's HD leader, provides approximately 13.610 million satellite TV customers as of June 30, 2009 with the highest quality programming and technology at the best value, including the lowest all-digital price nationwide. Customers have access to hundreds of video and audio channels, the most HD channels, the most international channels, state-of-the-art interactive TV applications, and award-winning HD and DVR technology including 1080p Video on Demand and the DuoDVR ViP(R) 722 DVR, a CNET and PC Magazine "Editors' Choice." Visit www.dishnetwork.com.
About EchoStar Corporation
EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), the parent of EchoStar Technologies L.L.C., provides equipment sales, digital broadcast operations, and satellite services worldwide. EchoStar has 25 years of experience designing, developing and distributing advanced award-winning set-top boxes and related products for pay television providers. The company includes a network of 10 full-service digital broadcast centers and leased fiber optic capacity with points of presence in approximately 160 U.S. cities. EchoStar also delivers satellite services from eight owned and leased in-orbit satellites and related FCC licenses. Visit www.echostar.com for more information.