Chimei Steps up Patents Battle with Sony

The company hopes to halt Sony's sales of the Playstation 3 game console, Bravia LCD television, Vaio notebook computer and Cybershot digital camera.

Taiwanese flat-screen maker Chimei Innolux Corp., an affiliate of technology giant Foxconn, said on August 25 that it had filed more patent infringement lawsuits against Sony in the United States and China.

The company said it hoped to halt Sony's sales and shipments of the Playstation 3 game console, Bravia LCD television, Vaio notebook computer and Cybershot digital camera using the suits filed to the US International Trade Commission and the Delaware Federal District Court.

The company has taken similar legal actions in the Chinese cities of Beijing, Chengdu, Xian and Ningbo.

"We have a policy to respect the intellectual properties.... We will take forceful actions to vigorously protect our rights," said Peterson Tien, company general counsel and vice president.

Chimei Innolux in July took legal action against Sony in Arkansas and in Beijing, accusing the Japanese firm of infringing its patents in LCD televisions, digital cameras and digital photo frames.

The company became operational in March after Innolux Display Corp., an affiliate of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, acquired Chi Mei Optoelectronics Corp. and TPO Displays Corp.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2010

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