Patent Pool Can Provide Competitive Benefits

Law360, New York (August 20, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a terse non-precedential decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a 2006 district court order dismissing antitrust claims against participants in an international patent pool arrangement.

The detailed district court decision concluded that a patent pool for DVD technology was lawful under the U.S. antitrust laws. Wuxi Multimedia, Ltd. v. Koninklijke Philips Elecs., Case No. 08-1041 (Fed. Cir., June 5, 2008) (per curiam).

Two Chinese DVD manufacturers, Wuxi Multimedia and Orient Power (Wuxi), filed an antitrust class action lawsuit against the...
To view the full article, register now.