Sony Battery Case Tests China's Antitrust Laws

Law360, New York (January 18, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- China’s largest battery manufacturer sued Sony Corp. on Wednesday, claiming that the Japanese giant and its local partner pulled the plug on competition by adopting a technology that prevents other companies’ batteries from being used in Sony digital cameras.

Tsum (Sichuan) Technology Co Ltd. accused Sony and Shanghai Suoguang Electronics Co Ltd. of using a digital key, called InfoLithium, in its battery products that automatically rejects batteries made by other companies.

The case, heard by the Shanghai No.1 Intermediate People’s Court, is one of the first...
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