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Toshiba sues Imation over patent violations

Company is seeking damages and wants the sale of DVD media by Imation prohibited in the United States

Toshiba is suing Imation Corp. and several other DVD manufacturers and distributors for violating specific patents.

The lawsuit, which was filed in a U.S. District Court a few days ago, claims Imation and other companies such as Moser Baer India and Advanced Media Inc. in the United States don’t have necessary licensing agreements with Toshiba or the DVD6C Licensing Group (DVD6C) for patents that it says are critical for meeting DVD format specifications.

DVD6C was set up by nine developers of DVD technology and formats, to jointly license their DVD patents. The nine include Hitachi, Panasonic, JVC, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Inc., Mitsubishi Electric, Toshiba, Samsung, Sanyo and Sharp.

Toshiba wants to be compensated for the infringement and is asking the judge to look into barring the manufacture, sale or import of DVD media by the accused into the United States.

"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. Through the filing of the lawsuit, Toshiba seeks to recover monetary damages, prevent future infringement, and/or secure agreements to respect Toshiba's intellectual property rights in the future," a company statement read.

Other companies involved in the patent dispute include CMC Magnetics Corp, Ritek Corp, Glyphics Media, Hotan Corp and Khypermedia Corp.

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