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MPEG-2 lawsuit filed against COMAG

Several leading companies have filed separate patent enforcement actions in District Court Dusseldorf, Germany against COMAG Handels AG, for infringing patents essential to the MPEG-2 digital video compression standard used worldwide in digital television broadcasting and DVD.

Included among the plaintiffs are: CIF Licensing, LLC; GE Technology Development, Inc; Mitsubishi Denki KK; Koninklijke Philips Electronics, NV; Samsung Electronics Co, Ltd; Sony Corporation; Thomson Licensing SA; and Victor Company of Japan, Ltd (JVC).

According to the complaints, COMAG offers in Germany products, such as digital set-top boxes that use patent protected MPEG-2 methods, without having entered into licences with the individual patent holders or a portfolio licence that includes these patents offered by MPEG LA.

The suit seeks, among other things, monetary damages and an injunction prohibiting COMAG from using MPEG-2 patents in its products and from offering, marketing, or importing them.

Story filed 21.06.08

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