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Motorola, RAZR 'copycat' reach settlement

Posted: 15 May 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Motorola? KBT Mobile? RAZR mobile phone?

Motorola Inc. announced that it has reached an agreement in a lawsuit filed in January against Korean manufacturer KBT Mobile Co. Ltd for an alleged infringements of patents, trademarks and designs for Motorola's RAZR mobile phone.

With the settlement, KBT has agreed to discontinue all manufacturing and sales of RAZR look-alikes, said the press release. Motorola filed the lawsuit upon learning of KBT's attempts to sell RAZR look-alikes in Asia. Additionally, KBT will not enable other companies to manufacture a RAZR-like product, and has committed to stop using Motorola patents and trademarks. Further terms on the settlement agreement were not disclosed.

Motorola had launched an investigation after the company began to receive inquiries about Motorola RAZR look-alikes available in Asia. Specifically, customers were asking Motorola about a RAZR look-alike, which KBT called the V500 and was marketing in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

"We are very pleased that KBT has acknowledged Motorola's legitimate and protected rights to Motorola RAZR-related patents, trademarks and designs," said Yvonne Verse, vice president of global intellectual property management and licensing for Motorola's mobile devices business. "To create competitive advantage, Motorola invests extensive human and financial resources to bring compelling innovations to market. Around the world, we are committed to protecting our investmentsand we are prepared to vigorously defend our innovations through enforcement of our intellectual property rights."

Motorola had filed the lawsuit in Korea against KBT under Korea's Unfair Competition Prevention Act. The act prohibits the copying of another company's product design. Additionally, Motorola's complaint includes claims that KBT infringed Motorola patents and the company's globally recognized trademark.

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