Panasonic Beats Suit Over TV Picture Patent

Law360, New York (July 3, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT) -- A California federal judge on Tuesday threw out Innovus Prime LLC's lawsuit accusing Panasonic Corp. of violating one of its television picture processing patents, ruling Panasonic is protected by a nearly 30-year-old contract the company inked with the patent's original owner, U.S. Philips Corp.

U.S. District Judge Ronald M. Whyte ruled a 1982 covenant not to sue between Panasonic and Philips precluded Innovus from bringing suit against the camera maker. The contract includes "unambiguous language" indicating that Panasonic has what amounts to a nonexclusive license to...
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