To use the law to hinder innovation. Also, informally, to innovate through legal proceeding rather than through creative thinking.
From Latin “lex,” meaning law + French “novre,” to make new (see innovate word roots).
Loosely synonymous with "lixiviate"; to extract one substance from another.
HBO is trying to lexivate a new way to distribute their broadcasts. They are getting all over Sling Box because it is somewhat successful.