Pause Technology licenses technology for use by systems that add
value to TV or radio broadcasts. By digitizing, compressing and
storing live broadcast programming in a mass-storage device operating
under microprocessor control, these patented systems allow listeners
and viewers to pause, rewind, replay, or skip through material being
recorded from a live broadcast using VCR-like controls. The systems,
employing a circular buffer, automatically capture and store the
incoming live program from the selected station, even when the system
is replaying a previously broadcast portion. Users can "catch up"
to the live broadcast by fast-forwarding or skipping through the
The patented systems make use of U.S. Patent number RE36,801, which
covers both video and audio systems. The patent was filed in 1992,
and issued in 1995. In 1996, the Patent Office was asked by the
investors to re-examine the patent. In 2000 it was reissued in its
final form with its original filing date and enhanced claims.
U.S. Patent RE36,801