Matsushita Sues MediaTek Over Chip Patents

By Marius Meland (August 3, 2005, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Japanese electronics maker Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. has sued Taiwanese chip maker MediaTek Inc in federal court in California for patent infringement related to integrated circuit chips.

The lawsuit, filed in the Northern District of California, charges MediaTek with infringement of three Matsushita patents.

The suit also names two companies whose DVD devices use the MediaTek IC chips, OPPO Digital, Inc. and Micro-Star International Co., Ltd.

The filing came after negotiations between Matsushita and MediaTek failed to result in MediaTek's agreement to take a license, according to Matsushita, the company behind the Panasonic electronics brand.

"Matsushita filed this lawsuit to prevent...

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