Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ)(NASDAQ:VOD) joins AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) and DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ:DISH) in paying TiVo Inc. (NASDAQ:TIVO) a large patent payoff. This could set the odds of the latter’s remaining legal adversaries, which include the set-top box majors Motorola Mobility, Cisco Systems, Inc., and Time Warner Cable, winning favorable rulings as slim, says Tony Wible at Janney. Wible calculates that the odds for resolution of these cases are lower because of their higher stakes, but also thinks that TiVo’s IP could make it a merger and acquistion target.
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