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LG ends patent war with Taiwan PC makers

Posted: 10 Apr 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

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LG Electronics Inc. has settled patent infringement lawsuits against Taiwan computer makers Compal Electronics and First International Computer (FIC). Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

In suits filed in U.S. federal court in 2000 and 2001, LG had accused the companies of infringing on its patents for peripheral component interconnect (PCI) technology. LG accused Compal and FIC of providing OEM PCs equipped with LG's proprietary technology to major U.S. computer manufacturers.

In July 2006, the U.S. Court of Appeals reversed a lower court decision which found that the companies did not violate LG patents. The case was set to go to trail in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in January 2008.

"Intellectual property is one of LG's essential assets, which we will always uncompromisingly protect," said Jeong Hwan Lee, Executive Vice President and Head of LG Electronics Intellectual Property Centre. "The U.S. Court of Appeals decision reaffirms some of our key computer technology patents. This settlement will positively impact our negotiations with other PC makers."

PCI is an industry-standard technology required for effective data transfer between computer motherboards and peripheral devices. LG maintains that its PCI patent applies to all computers manufactured worldwide, including laptops and desktops. LG already has PCI-based royalty contracts with 10 PC makers, and is pursuing contracts with 30 other computer manufacturers, the company said.

- Dylan McGrath
EE Times




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