TiVo: License first, litigate later


TiVo: License first, litigate later


With nine of the top ten pay-to-watch TV companies on its licensee list, TiVo is a big player in the licensing of patents in the lucrative entertainment industry. WIPR speaks to chief IP officer Arvin Patel about the company’s approach to IP and R&D.

“We’ve been inventing the future for the past three decades,” says Arvin Patel, chief IP officer of TiVo.

While some industry players may worry about major disruption to the entertainment landscape, where traditional delivery channels evolve and content creation becomes more democratic, TiVo is prepared.

TiVo is perhaps best known for its digital video recorder (DVR)—also named the TiVo. Founded in the US in the late 1990s by Mike Ramsay and Jim Barton, the company unveiled its first working prototype of the TiVo in January 1999.

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