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TV Makers Petition FCC Over DTV Patent Royalties

Law360 (January 6, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- A coalition of television manufacturers has petitioned the U.S. Federal Communications Commission asking it to take steps to stop patent holders from charging excessive license royalties for digital television intellectual property.

In a petition filed Friday with the FCC, a coalition that includes Vizio Inc. and Westinghouse Digital Electronics Inc. asked the commission to establish licensing pools for DTV patents and to police which patents are essential for DTV reception.

The Coalition United to Terminate Financial Abuses of the Television Transition, or CUT FATT, contends that...
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