Toshiba has gone on the offensive with a lawsuit and a trade complaint claiming 17 companies infringe on its DVD patents.
The company and its American consumer products division filed a formal complaint Friday with the U.S. International Trade Commission. It wants to halt the manufacture and import of DVD players, recorders and related products from 17 companies it claims infringe on its patents.
The same day, Toshiba filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for Northern California seeking financial damages from the same 17 companies.
Toshiba claims that it licenses patents to meet DVD format specifications adopted by the DVD Forum, that the companies do not have license agreements through Toshiba or the DVD6C Licensing Group and the companies are importing and selling products without permission. The DVD6C Licensing Group represents nine DVD technology and format developers and licenses DVD patents.
Toshiba claims the activities of the 17 companies harm its DVD-related business, as well as overall DVD manufacturing and distribution. It wants a court injunction to ban imports and distribution of the products to the United States.
The lawsuit and complaint target Daewoo Electronics America, jWIN Electronics and Memcorp from the United States.
They cite several Asian companies' operations, including: Dongguan GVG Digital Technology, Dongguan Tonic Electronics, Dongguan Xin Lian Digital Technology, GVG Digital Technology Holdings, Star Light Electronics, Starlight International Holdings, Starlight Marketing, Tonic Digital Products, Tonic DVB Marketing , Tonic Electronics, Tonic Industries Holding Limited, Tonic Trading Development and Tonic Technology.