Funai Wants Emergency Measures In TV Patent Spat

Law360, New York (August 18, 2009, 2:27 PM EDT) -- Funai Electric Co Ltd. has asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to take emergency action to block the import of allegedly patent-infringing digital televisions, saying competitors Vizio Inc. and others have done an end run around an earlier commission ruling.

After the ITC barred the import of the televisions, Vizio went to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency and won an ex parte, allegedly improper ruling that renders the commission's earlier decision “meaningless,” Funai said in a complaint filed Friday with the ITC.

Vizio, along...
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