SAN FRANCISCO—The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will investigate a complaint brought by Freescale Semiconductor Inc. against TV chip vendors including MediaTek Inc., Zoran Corp. and Funai Electric Co. Ltd., the ITC said this week.
The complaint, brought by Freescale (Austin, Texas) June 8, alleges that the chip vendors violate patents held by Freescale and requests that the ITC issue an exclusion order and cease and desist orders against infringing ICs, chip sets and TVs containing them, according to a statement issued by the ITC.
Following standard procedure, the ITC said its chief administrative law judge would assign the case to one of the ITC's six administrative law judges, who will then schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing. The judge will make an initial determination as to whether the chips in question violate Freescale's patents, and that initial determination will be reviewed by the entire ITC.
Within 45 days after the start of the investigation, the ITC will set a target date for its completion the ITC said.
Funai's U.S. subsidiary, based in Rutherford, N.J., was also named in the complaint.
I wonder, what is the likelihood of a successful decision for Freescale? How many types and what kind of numbers of TV sets are we talking about here? The article does not say if there were any behind the scenes discussions between Freescale and any of the named companies, it this because it did not happen or was tried and failed. Many interesting questions, I hope for a followup article as details become available.
Any more detail about what those companies has infringed? It will be an interesting result if finally Freescale win the law sue as those companies are really key suppliers in TV sectors. Will Freescale then take back the lost share?
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