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Comag sued for MPEG-2 patent infringement

Posted: 17 Jun 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MPEG-2 patent infringement? digital video compression? DTV?

MPEG LA LLC has announced June 9 that several companies have filed separate patent enforcement actions in District Court Dusseldorf, Germany against Comag Handels AG, for infringing patents essential to the MPEG-2 digital video compression standard used worldwide in DTV broadcasting and DVD.

Included among the plaintiffs are CIF Licensing LLC, GE Technology Development Inc., Mitsubishi Denki K.K., Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V, Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd, Sony Corp., Thomson Licensing S.A. and Victor Co. of Japan Ltd.

According to the complaints, Comag offers in Germany products, such as digital STBs, which use patent protected MPEG-2 methods without having entered into licenses with the individual patent holders or a portfolio license that includes these patents offered by MPEG LA.

The suit seeks, among other things, monetary damages and an injunction prohibiting Comag from using MPEG-2 patents in its products and from offering, marketing or importing them.

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