LONDON Toshiba Corp. has filed a patent-infringement suit against Italian DVD disc replicator ACME SpA in a Milan court. The suit alleges the Italian company is manufacturing and selling DVDs without a license either from Toshiba or the DVD6C Licensing Group that acts as a one-stop shop for DVD patents from nine companies.
The Japanese group is seeking monetary damages and an injunction prohibiting production of certain DVDs in Italy by ACME.
Toshiba has been particularly forceful protecting its rights in the repliation of DVDs. It sued a U.S. importer and wholesaler of DVD products in 2005 and earlier this year brought cases against 17 manufacturers and importers of DVD products.
It also filed a lawsuit against a German DVD replicator in July this year.
The case in the U.S., filed in April with the International Trade Commission, seeks to halt the manufacture and importing of DVD players, recorders, and related products from 17 companies Toshiba claims infringe on its patents.
The DVD6C Licensing Group (DVD6C) is an industry body representing nine leading developers of DVD technology and formats that licenses essential DVD patents.