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USPTO Deals Setback To Funai TV Patent Suit

Law360 (February 9, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- One of two patents at the center of an infringement battle brought by Funai Corp. Inc. against Vizio Inc. and several other defendants was again rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in late January, Vizio said Friday.

But the claims made in U.S. Patent Number 5,329,369, which covers technology that prevents picture distortion as a viewer flips channels between programs with different aspect ratios, are subject to re-examination, according to USPTO documents.

Funai currently has patent disputes pending before the U.S. International Trade Commission...
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