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GEMSTAR FILES SECOND LAWSUIT AGAINST STARSIGHT TELECAST; LAWSUIT CHARGES PATENT INFRINGEMENT, SEEKS PERMANENT INJUNCTION

 PASADENA, Calif., Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Gemstar Development Corporation, the U.S.-based inventor of the VCR Plus+ system, today announced that it has filed a second lawsuit against Starsight Telecast, Inc. (NASDAQ: SGHT), charging Starsight with patent infringement and seeking preliminary and permanent injunctions and treble damages. Starsight was put on notice of this patent over a year ago and is fully aware that it was filed earlier than any of Starsight's patents, according to Gemstar. The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York.
 The patent, which Starsight allegedly infringes, covers one of the most important and fundamental features of any interactive electronic television guide, including Starsight's guide. This feature allows the viewer to select a television program by theme categories and subcategories.
 "This lawsuit will make it clear that the Starsight system is not the 'first patented interactive electronic television guide,' as Starsight has represented to the public and the investment community in particular," said Henry Yuen, chief executive officer of Gemstar. The initial testing of the Starsight system has been postponed numerous times over the past years. However, "Superguide," a fully interactive electronic television guide which has rights under the subject patent, has been serving the satellite television community for over seven years.
 Gemstar has numerous intellectual property rights in electronic television guide, television, VCR, cable box and other radio and video technologies. Gemstar's VCR Plus+ system has set a new worldwide standard in VCR programming and has been incorporated by every major consumer electronics manufacturer, including RCA, Sony, Panasonic, JVC, Zenith and many others. Gemstar's proprietary PlusCode numbers are published in all leading newspapers across the nation such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and Chicago Tribune. This is the second lawsuit filed by Gemstar against Starsight this week. The first lawsuit charged Starsight with patent misuse, violation of various antitrust laws and tortious interference. "Contrary to Starsight's contention, this lawsuit has not been filed as a counterclaim or as part of a defense strategy," Yuen said. "Gemstar's legal actions are taken to enforce its intellectual property rights. As long as Starsight violates these rights, they should expect to be sued."
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