Flat-Screen TV Giants Hit With Circuitry Patent Suit

Law360, New York (August 1, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A Japanese company is suing several electronics makers with major operations in the U.S. – including Samsung, Vizio, LG and Mitsubishi – claiming backlighting systems that enhance the picture on many popular flat-screen television models infringe a circuitry patent.

According to the lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, the defendants sell products that infringe a patent held by Chiba, Japan-based AtratechJapan Corp. The lawsuit seeks damages for the infringement “which in no event can be less than a reasonable...
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