LONDON IPTV set top box maker Amino Communications (Cambridge, England) has strongly rejected claims that it has infringed patents relating to the MPEG-2 digital video compression standard . The company added it had not been served with any patent enforcement actions.
Late last month, several companies and academic institutions within the patent licensing group MPEG LA, LLC said they plan to sue in the Düsseldorf, Germany courts the STB maker for infringing Intellectual Property related to the MPEG-2 digital video compression technology.
Amino said it is working with its suppliers as appropriate and would "vigorously" defend itself. Amino will also seek an award of its attorney's fees in defending itself and for damages to its reputation.
Amino asserts that the companies and academic institutions within the MPEG LA threatening to issue enforcement actions have no legal right to remove Amino products containing MPEG-2 technologies from sale.
"Since 2005, we have tried to reconcile agreements with our suppliers and MPEG LA. We treat this matter and our obligations on third party IPR very seriously. Amino has numerous third party licenses, including licenses with MPEG LA, and together with our suppliers we continue to press MPEG LA to resolve the matter at the earliest opportunity," said Bob Giddy, CEO of Amino.