Originally Posted by morac
From Zatz Not Funny!
TiVo has added another major patent to its portfolio. Filed back in 1999, the patent office just granted a patent for the season pass functionality. The way the patent is written it looks to apply to virtually every DVR out there since it specifies scheduling recordings based on free space and priority (for conflict resolution). There is a workaround as the article mentions, but it would require the scheduling and conflict resolution functionality to be done on a server somewhere (not out of the question).
It'll be interesting to see what comes out of this.
What comes out of this is another whole long round of legal wrangling
Granting a patent just means that as far as the patent office can tell the work in question is not covered by an earlier patent, and is within the narrow technical guidelines of what is patentable.
The serious questions as to the actual validity of the patent - was there prior art before the patent was filed, and/or was the idea "obvious to a skilled practitioner in the field", and thus not patentable - will only be evaluated when there is a challenge to the patent.