“Troubled” By Dismissal, Circuit Revives V-Chip Suit

Law360, New York (August 6, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- “Troubled” by a lower court's reasoning, a federal appeals court has resuscitated lawsuits filed by Sony Electronics Inc., Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America Inc. and other major television manufacturers who are challenging the validity of patents purportedly covering “V-chip” adult content censoring technology.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on Friday overturned a California federal court ruling which dismissed the suits filed by Sony, Mitsubishi, Thomson Inc., Victor Co. of Japan Ltd., and Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd for lack of jurisdiction. The television...
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