Japan's Sharp, Taiwan's AU Optronics Pen Licensing Pact For Flat-Panel Patents

Law360, New York (July 7, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Japan's Sharp Corp. and Taiwan’s AU Optronics Corp, two of the world's largest flat-panel makers, have signed a cross-licensing deal that partially ends their dispute over flat-panel technology, the companies said.

The agreement, effective until 2010, allows each party to use the other party's patents covering thin-film-transistor liquid crystal display (TFT-LCD) panels for personal computer applications, the companies said.

The two companies had been entrenched in a legal dispute with over patents for PC-use LCDs, with Sharp suing an AU affiliate in Japan, claiming infringement on...
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