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MPEG-2 patent holders slam suit vs. Lenovo

Posted: 13 Mar 2009 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:MPEG patent? infringement? suit patent?

Several patent holders in MPEG LA LLC's MPEG-2 Patent Portfolio License have filed separate patent enforcement actions in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and Landgericht D�sseldorf against Lenovo Group Ltd, Lenovo (United States) Inc. and Lenovo (Germany) GmbH. MPEG LA alleged that the Lenovo group has infringed patents essential to the MPEG-2 digital video compression standard used worldwide in DTV broadcasting and DVD.

According to the complaints, Lenovo offers in the United States and Germany products (i.e. desktop PCs, laptop PCs, Blu-ray Disc drives, DVD drives and software) that 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 Lenovo from using MPEG-2 patents in its products and from offering, marketing or importing them.

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