Chinese DVD Makers Target Patent Pool With Class-Action Suit

Law360, New York (January 19, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- A little-noticed lawsuit by Chinese DVD makers is seeking to break up an international patent-pool licensing group controlled by some of the world’s largest electronics makers.

The lawsuit targets the 3C DVD Patent Pool, a licensing group consisting of global electronics giants Sony Corporation, Philips Electronics, the Pioneer Corporation and LG Electronics, which has pooled several key patents for DVD technology.

The complaint, filed on behalf of Chinese DVD makers Wuxi Multimedia Ltd and Orient Power (Wuxi) Technology Ltd by the class-action boutique Handal & Associates,...
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