Vizio LCD TVs Do Not Infringe Funai Patents

On July 8, 2009 the United States Customs and Border Protection agency issued a ruling stating that all current Vizio TVs do not infringe Funai Electric’s US Patent No 6,115,074 (‘074). That means Vizio can go about its business of importing its TVs into the US. What is oxymoronic is that Funai’s ‘074 patent was issued a Final Rejection by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) back on March 13, 2009. Not surprisingly Vizio has filed a lawsuit against Funai for unlawfully and unfairly discriminating against Vizio. FYI, Funai is the company that bought the rights to the Philips TV brand for five years in the US and Canada.

Source: DigiTimes

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