Toshiba Sues Recordable DVD Manufacturers, Distributors Over Patents18 May, 2009 By: Chris Tribbey
Toshiba Corp. has sued Imation, Ritek and several other manufacturers and distributors of recordable DVDs, claiming they are infringing on Toshiba’s DVD patents.
Filed May 14 in the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, the suit alleges that Imation and others don’t have licensing agreements for the DVD format from Toshiba or the DVD6C Licensing Group, the industry group made up of nine DVD developers that licenses DVD patents.
“The infringement of Toshiba’s patents by these companies has negatively affected Toshiba's business, and also caused damage to the legitimate and licensed DVD product manufacturing and distribution business as a whole,” Toshiba said in a press release. “Toshiba’s complaint seeks damages for past infringement and requests that the court enjoin the sale, manufacture, and importation into the United States of recordable DVD media by the defendant companies named in the complaint. The infringing recordable DVD media is sold in the United States under at least the Imation and Memorex brand names.”
Hotan Corp., Glyphics Media, Khypermedia Corp. and Advanced Media in the United States, and blank DVD companies in Taiwan (CMC Magnetics) and India (Moser Baer) are also named in the suit.
“Toshiba has suffered or will suffer reduced sales or lost profits or both as long as the infringing activities of Defendants continue,” part of the suit reads. “Defendants have infringed and are infringing the [patents] with knowledge of Toshiba’s patent rights and without reasonable basis for believing that Defendants’ conduct is lawful. Defendants’ acts of infringement have been and continue to be willful, deliberate, and in reckless disregard of Toshiba’s patent rights.”