Digitimes: Vizio files FCC request to cease Funai patent enforcement
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Date: 24 Feb 2009 09:22
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Summary:
Vizio has requested that the FCC order Funai to cease its unreasonable and discriminatory patent enforcement policies while the FCC considers a pending petition for declaratory ruling. The declaratory ruling seeks action and protection from excessive DTV patent charges that have collectively exceeded US$1 billion. Vizio claimed that Funai is demanding windfall royalties for its single patent that are equivalent to the cost of licensing a group of over 30 patents owned by seven different companies. Vizio told the FCC that if it does not act and Vizio does not consent to Funai's extortionate demands, Funai will continue threatening to exclude Vizio televisions from the market just before the completion of the June 12, 2009 transition to digital television.
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