Matsushita Warns Haier, Sanyo Over Patents

Law360, New York (October 27, 2003, 12:00 AM EST) -- Japanese consumer electronics giant Matsushita Electric Industrial has issued a warning letter to Japanese rival Sanyo and China's Haier over alleged patent infringements by a joint venture owned by the two firms in Japan, Matsushita said Monday.

Matsushita did not identify the products in question or provide any other further details. Osaka-based Sanyo Haier has been selling refrigerators and washing machines since May last year under the Haier brands, according to the Yomiuri newspaper.

Haier and Sanyo have also launched a joint venture in Shanghai with...
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