MIT Sues Funai Over 4 HDTV Patents

Law360, New York (May 21, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT) -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology hit Funai Electric Company Ltd. with an infringement lawsuit on Friday that said the Japanese company's Philips- and Magnavox-branded televisions had ripped off four of the school's patents.

The prestigious engineering school said that Funai — which sells televisions in the U.S. under the Philips, Magnavox and Sylvania brand names — had refused to license technology that MIT developed in the early 1990s as part of a Federal Communications Commission project that aimed to prepare for the transition into high-definition and...
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