AUSTIN, TX, Nov 09, 2005 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Forgent Networks (NASDAQ: FORG) today announced that, at a case management proceeding on Nov. 8, 2005, in Forgent's patent infringement cases involving United States Patent No. 6,285,746 (the '746 Patent) in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division, Judge Leonard Davis set a Markman hearing on claim construction for July 2006 and set a trial date of Feb. 7, 2007. The Court also transferred and consolidated the Scientific-Atlanta Inc. (NYSE: SFA) and Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) case with the Marshall case.
On July 14, 2005 Forgent initiated litigation against approximately fifteen companies for infringement of the '746 Patent in the Eastern District of Texas, Marshall Division. On September 19, 2005, Scientific-Atlanta and Motorola filed a complaint against Forgent in the Eastern District of Texas, Tyler Division.
The defendants include: Cable One, Inc. a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO), Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: CHTR), Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ: CMCSA) (NASDAQ: CMCSK), Cox Communications, Inc. a subsidiary of family owned Cox Enterprises, Inc., EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH), The DIRECTV Group, Inc. (NYSE: DTV), Time Warner Inc. (NYSE: TWX), and their respective subsidiaries.
The '746 Patent, which expires on May 21, 2011, relates to a computer controlled video system allowing playback during recording. During playback, the system reads the video content from the storage component. The '746 Patent derived from application serial number 07/703,685 that was filed on May 21, 1991.
Since its inception three years ago, Forgent's intellectual property program has generated more than $100 million in licensing revenues to companies in Asia, Europe and the United States. The company's patent portfolio includes the combined inventions of Compression Labs, Inc., VTEL Corporation, and Forgent Networks, Inc.
Forgent Networks (NASDAQ: FORG) develops and licenses intellectual property and provides scheduling software to a wide variety of customers. Forgent's intellectual property licensing program is related to communication technologies developed from a diverse and growing patent portfolio. Forgent's software division, NetSimplicity, provides a spectrum of scheduling software that enables all sizes of organizations to streamline the scheduling of people, places and things. For additional information please visit www.forgent.com.
SOURCE: Forgent Networks