Lastar Sues Belkin Over Cabling Patent

Law360, New York (September 10, 2009, 2:17 PM EDT) -- Audiovisual system maker Lastar Inc. has sued rival Belkin International Inc. for allegedly infringing a patent that covers Lastar's RapidRun audiovisual cabling system after hiring a former Lastar employee who worked on the system.

In its complaint, filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Lastar alleges that Belkin's AV360 product infringes U.S. Patent Number 7,563,131, titled “Integrated wall plate assembly and premise wiring system incorporating the same.”

The '131 patent, which was issued in July, describes “a wall plate assembly...
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