Legal battle ensues as Asian brands lock horns over DVD patent

Consumer electronics vendor LG has filed a lawsuit against Taiwanese PC producer Quanta Computers for infringement of patents relating to its DVD technology.

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By  Administrator Published  August 1, 2007

Consumer electronics vendor LG has filed a lawsuit against Taiwanese PC producer Quanta Computers for infringement of patents relating to its DVD technology.

A filing made to a US district court reveals the South Korean multinational is seeking an injunction for Quanta's use of the technology as well as monetary compensation.

LG claims Quanta violated four patents relating to its DVD standards and used these patents without its permission to produce notebook PCs that were supplied to US computer companies.

LG holds around 5,000 international patents for DVD technologies, which it insists are vital to its business.

"LG's proprietorship of DVD technologies is widely recognised throughout the industry and the unlicensed use of our intellectual property is not acceptable under any circumstances," commented Jeon Hwan Lee, executive VP and head of LG Intellectual Property Centre. Quanta responded to the latest lawsuit by stating: "The company has assigned its legal representatives to work on this matter. R&D is crucial to Quanta's success and the company highly values and respects intellectual property rights. Quanta is committed to defending its reputation and acting in the best interests of its shareholders."

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