Patent Pool Can Provide Competitive Benefits

Law360, New York (August 20, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In a terse non-precedential decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit affirmed a 2006 district court order dismissing antitrust claims against participants in an international patent pool arrangement.

The detailed district court decision concluded that a patent pool for DVD technology was lawful under the U.S. antitrust laws. Wuxi Multimedia, Ltd. v. Koninklijke Philips Elecs., Case No. 08-1041 (Fed. Cir., June 5, 2008) (per curiam).

Two Chinese DVD manufacturers, Wuxi Multimedia and Orient Power (Wuxi), filed an antitrust class action lawsuit against the...
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