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RUMORS OF THE ANTICIPATED XBOX 720 INCORPORATING A DVR SYSTEM COME IN THE MIDST OF A SWIRL OF LITIGATION INVOLVING DIGITAL VIDEO RECORDING TECHNOLOGY.

As reported by Gamezone on January 4, a new rumor has surfaced about the development of the next generation Xbox, or Xbox 720 – a clever twist on the current Xbox 360 title, due to a patent recently granted to Microsoft. 

United States Patent No. 8,083,593 was issued on December 27, 2011, and describes the implementation of a DVR system allowing for the recording of media, including television programs. The following abstract briefly describes the DVR application as implemented in the new system:

                “An integrated gaming and media experience is disclosed, including recording of content on a gaming console. A digital video recorder (DVR) application running alongside a television client component allows users to record media content on the gaming console. The DVR application also integrates itself with the console menu. Once integrated, users can record media content while playing games. Alternatively, users can record content when the gaming console is turned off. The recorded content can include television programming, gaming experience (whether local or online), music, DVDs, and so on. When in the recording state, users can also switch between various other media modes, whether gaming, television, and so on.”

Although the new Xbox 720 sounds pretty cool, this patent gives rise to yet another issue in the current controversy between Microsoft and TiVo regarding digital video recorder (DVR) technology. As you may have heard, Microsoft filed a lawsuit back in January 2011 and in subsequent motions alleged that TiVo violated seven of Microsoft’s patents concerning digital video recording.  There is currently, however, a stay on the case due to the court’s having granted TiVo’s request for reexamination of the allegedly infringing patents. See Microsoft Corp. v. Tivo Inc., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 52619 (N.D. Cal., May 6, 2011).

What really makes this interesting is that AT&T (one of Microsoft’s major customers) was sued in 2009 for infringing TiVo’s DVR patents 6,233,389, 7,493,015, and 7,529,465 which ultimately resulted in a settlement on January 3, 2012.  Forbes reports that TiVo will receive approximately $215 million from AT&T with $51 million up front and recurring quarterly payments until 2018 to cover the rest. To add to the controversy, it has been suggested that Microsoft filed its suit in January 2011 in response to TiVo’s suit against AT&T because AT&T’s technology runs Microsoft’s Mediaroom client software. Thus, it raises the question that since AT&T settled and AT&T’s technology uses Microsoft’s technology, is it still feasible that Microsoft could win its suit against TiVo and be able to defend against TiVo’s counterclaim of patent infringement? Although I have not researched in depth the patents at issue in these cases, the settlement by AT&T, if anything, might shed some light on how Microsoft’s case will unfold once reexamination is complete.
Now back to the important stuff: video games. In light of all this litigation surrounding DVR technology, it seems like the video game community might have to wait even longer than the 2013-2015 projected release date of the Xbox 720 so that Microsoft can incorporate the rumored DVR feature without the risk of impending litigation. If Microsoft ends up winning the suit against TiVo before then, however, I, for one, hope that Microsoft passes some of the winnings on to the consumer in the form of discounted prices for the new system.

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DC On Film Row

About DC on Film Row

DC on Film Row is a free event space open to everyone in our community.

We like to say that the space is a “home for creatives and innovators, home builders and the homeless, celebrators and the celebrated” so people understand that we are inclusive and want everyone from throughout our community using our space.

Our goal is to celebrate the incredible diversity of creativity, innovation, and passion within Oklahoma City and to provide a venue—free of charge—to those groups and individuals working to bind us all together and make our home a cooler and better place. No strings attached—no extensive rules to follow. We simply ask that all of our neighbors be honored and that all viewpoints be respected. Our criteria for use is simple: If the event, group, or meeting is something which strengthens our community and brings us all together, the space is available for use.

The space has hosted everything from charitable fundraisers to an underground nightclub party to celebrate Canterbury Choral Society’s 45th anniversary season. We host dinners for the OKC homeless population most Monday evenings where upwards of 250 people are served—we provide the space and soft drinks and a local church provides the food. We’ve hosted university planning retreats and monthly local rock concerts.

Every Wednesday, we open up the courtyard for lunch, invite a local food truck to set up outside our gates, and welcome our downtown neighbors into the space for a bit of socialization.

Our never-ending soda fountain seems to be the biggest hit with some of our neighbors while others spend time playing pool or simply chatting about what is happening on the weekend.

For October we turn the space into a haunted house and invite the neighborhood children to come out and trick-or-treat.

Got an idea for how to use the space? Just ask us – we’re almost certain to say yes!

Scholarship Allows Oriana Hawkins to Attend BIO

Scholarship Allows Oriana Hawkins to Attend BIO

Dunlap Codding Sponsors Graduate Student at BIO—
Oriana Hawkins Receives Oklahoma BioScience Travel Award

Dunlap Codding is a pleased to be once again a contributor to the Oklahoma BioScience Travel Award presented at the Graduate Research Education and Technology Symposium.  The 2010 award has been given to Ph.D. candidate Oriana Hawkins.  She is a student in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Oklahoma, mentored by Dr. William Hildebrand.

Dr. Hildebrand’s lab works to understand how the body’s alarm system, HLA, alerts the immune system to diseases such as cancer, HIV, and West Nile Virus.   Hawkins has focused her energies on identifying new targets for breast cancer. The long term goal of her project is to develop T cell eliciting vaccines and antibody therapeutics to treat breast cancer. She is co-inventor on three patent applications related to her research; the applications were prepared and filed by Dunlap Codding.

Ms. Hawkins was selected to receive the Oklahoma Bioscience Travel Award for her presentation, “Targeting of Breast Tumors by an HLA A*0201/MIF Specific Antibody.”  The award is part of the Graduate Research Education and Technology Symposium held annually at OUHSC. The award provided funds for travel expenses and registration fees to attend the BIO International Conference held in Chicago in 2010. BIO is the world’s largest annual event for the biotechnology industry.

While at BIO, Ms. Hawkins learned the business of bringing new therapeutic agents from discovery, to clinical trials, through FDA approval and, finally, to market. She made contacts within three large pharmaceutical companies which could significantly propel the development of her discoveries toward new cancer therapies.

“The opportunity for Oriana to network with scientists and business investors as a graduate student was a unique and eye-opening experience,” according to Douglas Sorocco, Dunlap Codding shareholder and adjunct faculty member in the Department of Physiology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.  “While many students see the academic importance of their work, few have the resources necessary to network with business leaders and investors at a conference like BIO so early in their careers.  We are delighted to have made that opportunity available to Oriana and to other young scientists.”
Dunlap Codding was also a contributing sponsor of the Oklahoma booth at BIO, and a delegation from the firm, led by Dr. Kathryn Hester, helped to staff the booth in Chicago.  The firm is a charter member of the Oklahoma Bioscience Association and supports the efforts of private and public sectors to grow the bioscience industry in Oklahoma. 

Dunlap Codding P.C. is an Oklahoma City-based law firm serving regional, national and international clients.  Established in 1957 as Oklahoma’s original intellectual property firm, Dunlap Codding remains the state’s largest and most versatile IP boutique.  The firm serves a national and international client base and offer personalized, strategic, pragmatic and responsive legal counsel in a broad array of intellectual property practice areas.  Dunlap Codding represents a substantial number of sophisticated client companies, and for the past 50 years has obtained more patents, trademarks and copyrights than any other firm in the region.

Ignite OKC a Big Success–Dunlap Codding a Sponsor and Co-Host

The second IgniteOKC event held June 10, 2010, at the Lyric Theatre in Oklahoma City, was a big success, with 15 presenters wowing the crowd in 5-minute doses.  Ignite’s premise is 15 slides in 5 minutes—get your point across quickly or else.   Dunlap Codding is one of several sponsors of IgniteOKC and Emily Campbell, an associate at the firm, is a board member and served as a co-host of the event along with Blake Jackson of Chesapeake Energy.  One of Dunlap Codding’s legal interns, Vu Nguyen, delivered a presentation on offline networking—Becoming a Real Life Power User:  How to Network and Connect with People without the Internet.   Nguyen’s, a self-styled computer geek, shared the importance of face-to-face interactions.  

Presenters included:

• Caleb Courtney—Overcoming Little Brother Syndrome:  Why the Upside Down Longhorn Can’t be the Symbol of Our State
• Jill Simpson—What’s Going On in Oklahoma Film
• Michael Champlin—The Power of Visual Communication:  Together, We Can Rid the World of Comic Sans
• Shelley Cadamy—Become a Foster Parent in 10 Easy Steps
• J.C. Mahan—How to Find the Right Hair Stylist
• Mandy Winton—From Soapbox to Ballot Box
• Erin Yarbrough—Go Ahead:  Underestimate Me
• Brad Stone—Put a Little Boom Boom Pow in your 4th of July
• Christy Burcham:  I Made it Myself
• Vu Nguyen—Becoming a Real Life Power User:  How to Network and Connect with People Without the Internet
• Heather Spencer—Remember Where You Come From or How to Trip in Your Pageant Formal and Come Out Smiling
• Dan Lovejoy—Bringing WONDER Back Into Your Life
• David Burkus—Why Your Boss Sucks:  And How to Avoid His Fate
• Amber England—Fat Talk:  How Sweat Became My Catalyst to Find My Passion
• Geoff Eaton—Never Give Up, Never Surrender or My Ongoing Battle Against the Big Black Birds That Sound Like Robots

Sponsors of the event participate because of their shared vision of IgniteOKC’s purpose—to connect people of diverse backgrounds and knowledge through a series of entertaining, rapid-fire presentations.  

Sponsors included:

• Traction Marketing Group
• Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce
• Dunlap Codding
• BC Clark Jewelers
• Oklahoma Gazette
• QuiBids
• Moore Norman Technology Center
• Jason’s Deli
• Salsa Fever
• T Photo
• Lyric Theatre at the Plaza
• Iguana
• Café Evoke Catering

The next scheduled event occurs on September 16 in Tulsa (www.ignitetulsa.org).