2010/07/08

Taiwan flat-panel maker sues Sony for patent infringement

TAIPEI, July  7, 2010 (AFP) - Taiwan's leading supplier of flat-panel TV screens, Chimei Innolux Corp, Wednesday filed a lawsuit in the US against Sony, accusing the Japanese company of patent infringement, Chimei Innolux said.

The lawsuit filed at an Arkansas district court of the United States seeks to "halt the sale and demand compensatory damages over a wide range of Sony products that infringe CMI's patented inventions," the company said.

Among the products are Sony's Bravia LCD televisions, Cybershot digital cameras and digital photo frames, Chimei Innolux said.

The company has also filed a similar lawsuit against Sony in China, with the Beijing Intermediate People's Court.

"We are committed to protecting our valuable intellectual property, our industry partners, and most importantly our customers," said Peterson Tien, company general counsel and vice-president.

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