Phosita IP Blog


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!

Who we are.

Julie Langdon


PH: 312-651-6744 CHICAGO 225 West Washington Street
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Chicago, IL 60606

Julie L. Langdon

Attorney - Director
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Julie helps clients in a broad range of industries and sectors identify their needs for intellectual property protection, obtain and maintain patent and trademark protection, and enforce their rights through non-litigation and litigation strategies. She focuses her practice in the areas of litigation, licensing, and counseling, and her primary practice is patent litigation with a concentration in the areas of biotechnology, chemical, and pharmaceutical arts, including Hatch-Waxman issues. Julie has represented plaintiffs and defendants in all phases of patent litigation, including preliminary injunction proceedings, discovery, and appeals.

Julie also has extensive experience with patent and trademark portfolio protection and maintenance before the USPTO and international bodies. She is a registered patent attorney, and prosecutes patents covering the biotechnology, chemical, medical devices, and mechanical arts. In addition to her legal work at the firm, Julie also serves on the firm’s diversity committee, and is a contributing author to the firm’s IP blog PHOSITA. Prior to joining Dunlap Codding in 2015, Julie was an associate attorney at Loeb & Loeb LLP.

In 2006, Julie received her Juris Doctor degree from the DePaul University College of Law. In 2002, Julie obtained an M.S. in Forensic Science with a concentration in biotechnology from Florida International University in Miami, Florida, and in 1999, Julie obtained her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at New Paltz in Cellular Biology and Biotechnology. Julie’s graduate and undergraduate laboratory and coursework covered a wide range of scientific fields.

  • Illinois
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D.
  • Florida International University, M.S., Forensic Science – Concentration, Biotechnology
  • State University of New York, B.S., Cellular Biology and Biotechnology
  • Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive & Emerging Leaders, 2013, Diversity MBA Magazine
  • Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 for Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Selected by Leading Lawyers as an Emerging Lawyer in Illinois
  • “Supreme Court Will Review SCA Hygiene On Bar Against Patent Case Filing Delays,” BloombergBNA Patent, Trademark, & Copyright Journal, May 3, 2016
  • “What to Do After You’ve Screwed Up a Brief,” Law360, by Jacob Fischler, April 4, 2016
  • “6 Ways Associates Are Falling Short,” Law360, by Cara Salvatore, June 1, 2015
  • “Five Tips for Learning to Love Your Job as an Associate,” February 9, 2015, Law360, by Linda Chiem
  • Chair, National Membership Committee, Women in Bio
  • Co-Chair, Membership & Committee Development Committee, Chicago Women in IP (ChiWIP)
  • Secretary, Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (“IPLAC”) Educational Foundation
  • Barrister Member, The Richard Linn American Inn of Court
  • Member, Hinsdale Junior Woman’s Club, International Affairs Committee
  • Past Executive Committee Member, Chicago Board of Directors, Step Up