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Toshiba Files DVD Patent Complaints

9 Apr, 2007 By: Erik Gruenwedel

Toshiba Corp. apparently is just as protective of its DVD patents as it is of HD DVD.

The U.S. division of the Tokyo-based consumer electronics giant April 6 filed separate complaints alleging that 17 Korean and Chinese manufacturers and importers of DVD players, recorders and related DVD products infringed upon its patents.

The first action filed with the International Trade Commission (ITC) seeks to bar the importation into the United States of DVD players, recorders and related product from companies such as Daewoo Electronics America Inc., Dongguan GVG Digital Technology Ltd., Dongguan Tonic Electronics Co Ltd., Dongguan Xin Lian Digital Technology Co Ltd., GVG Digital Technology Holdings Ltd., and jWIN Electronics Corp., among others.

The Japanese electronics firm also filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California seeking undisclosed monetary damages resulting from infringement of the DVD patents by the 17 companies.

According to the complaints, the 17 defendant companies do not have license agreements with Toshiba or the DVD6C Licensing Group, an industry body representing nine developers of DVD technology and formats that licenses DVD patents.

Toshiba claims the infringement of its patents by these companies has damaged its DVD-related operations as well as impacted the legitimate and licensed DVD product manufacturing and distribution business as a whole.

Representatives from the 17 CE companies were not immediately available for comment.

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