Vizio Petitions FCC In Dispute Over Funai DTV Patent

Law360 (February 23, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- Vizio Inc. has asked the Federal Communications Commission to stop Japanese rival Funai Electronics Co. Ltd. from continuing to impose what Vizio claims are unfair licensing terms for a patent related to digital television receivers.

The Irvine, Calif.-based high-definition television company claims Funai and its U.S. sales and marketing subsidiary, Funai Corp., are demanding “windfall royalties” in exchange for a license to U.S. Patent Number 6,115,074, one of hundreds of patents used in the U.S. digital television standard.

On Friday, Vizio filed a request asking the...
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