Having settled with Belkin back in June, Sling Media’s placeshifting intellectual property was further bolstered today when the US International Trade Commission apparently closed out the case against Monsoon Multimedia via an import ban and requirement to cease and desist sales of products that infringe upon 6 Sling patents. Over the years, Monsoon has marketed various streamers including HAVA and Vulkano… that failed to generate the interest and publicity that Slingbox devices have, despite many positive attributes. Having apparently wrapped up their limited retail competition and given Sling’s new alignment with Arris, I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see the Echostar subsidiary turn their attention to the likes of a TiVo or DirecTV that provide similar placeshifting services. As TiVo has proved on multiple occasions, producing the best of something is but a single revenue stream… whereas IP defense is an additional avenue for potential licensing. But they better act fast as software patents may not survive 2014.