Comsat Entertainment, SpectraVision settle suit


Comsat Entertainment Group and one of its competitors in the business of providing video entertainment in hotel rooms said yesterday that they have settled a 3-year-old intellectual property lawsuit.

The settlement brings to a close a dispute that began in 1992 when SpectraVision Inc. of Richardson, Texas, sued Bethesda-based Comsat's On Command Video subsidiary, charging that Comsat violated some of its patents.

In 1993, SpectraVision added copyright infringement allegations to the suit, while Comsat sued with its own charges of patent violations.

The companies said yesterday that as part of the settlement, On Command will give SpectraVision rights under one of its patents, while the Comsat unit will receive rights to use SpectraVision's copyrighted computer communications protocols. The copyright dispute was the only issue remaining in the case after a court dismissed SpectraVision's other claims last year.

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