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CMI is suing Sony

Open season on lawsuits
Wed Aug 25 2010, 12:31

ONE OF TAWAIN'S biggest display outfits, Chimei Innolux (CMI) is suing Sony for patent infringement.

Who said August was silly season? We've had Epson versus E-Buyer, LG being investigated for patent abuse and the FTC settling with Intel, to name but a few. Now CMI wants a piece of summer flavoured patent infringement action as it takes on Sony in China and the US.

CMI already filed a complaint in July over several alleged patent infringements by Sony. The company alleged that the Japanese tech giant is abusing patent rights in its LCD screens, photoframes and cameras.

It has now launched a further round of patent actions and requested an injunction against Sony selling Playstation 3s, Bravia LCD TVs, Vaio notebooks and its Cybershot digicams. The complaint was filed with the US International Trade Commission and CMI is extending the legal proceedings to some of Sony's Chinese works including Beijing and Chengdu.

According to French news agency AFP, CMI top brass isn't going to roll over and take this one lying down.

"We have a policy to respect the intellectual properties.... We will take forceful actions to vigorously protect our rights," CMI VP Peterson Tien told AFP.

CMI is an affiliate of the Chinese tech giant Foxconn and tasked with running as a separate organisation to manufacturer displays and display components for other manufacturers. With the heft of a huge company like Foxconn behind it, we don't expect CMI to back down. µ


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