Philips Beats FRAND Defense In CD Patent Spat

Law360, New York (March 25, 2010, 12:23 PM EDT) -- A Dutch court has ruled in favor of Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV in a patent infringement case against digital media company SK Kassetten GmbH & Co., rejecting Kassetten's invocation of the so-called FRAND defense — a defense established in a landmark ruling by a German court last year.

The Hague District Court on March 17 found Kassetten had infringed the Dutch electronics giant's patents covering CD and DVD technology and dismissed Kassetten's argument that though it did not have a patent license for the technology, it...
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