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LG sues for patent infringement on DVD devices

Written by Dave Horvath @ 05 Jul 2007 12:24 User comments (5)

LG sues for patent infringement on DVD devices South Korean hardware giant LG has issued a lawsuit against the world's largest contractor for building laptops, Quanta stating that they have blatently stolen the design for DVD player components from LG.
LG claims that the Taiwan based company has used their plans inside all of their devices which contain DVD drives without giving any royalties. The lawsuit was entered into a U.S. District Court in Wisconsin on July 3rd and is seeking an injunction against Quanta for using their technology. They are also seeking undisclosed monitary compensation for the past infringements.

In a statement from LG on Wednesday, a representative said, "LG's claims include infringement of four patents related to DVD standard. Quanta has been using these patents without LG's permission to produce notebook computers that were supplied to U.S. computer companies."

Quanta has major existing contracts with some of the leading laptop providers including Dell, Apple, Hewlett-Packard, and Sony. An injunction such as this could spell troubles for the Taiwan based company.

Source:
Reuters

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5 user comments

15.7.2007 14:49

Dear LG: GTFO. Seriously this crap is getting rediculous.

25.7.2007 17:14

This just proves to me even more how crappy LG is in the whole technology field. Everyone has DVD Drives what exactly is different from the drive you create to the ones pioneer makes although yes pioneer is far better and more stable. If anything if they did take your drives and put them in i feel sorry for the people using those crap drives. LG should sue themselves for creating crap devices.

37.7.2007 2:16

Originally posted by borhan9:
This just proves to me even more how crappy LG is in the whole technology field. Everyone has DVD Drives what exactly is different from the drive you create to the ones pioneer makes although yes pioneer is far better and more stable. If anything if they did take your drives and put them in i feel sorry for the people using those crap drives. LG should sue themselves for creating crap devices.
Part of the reason maybe the fact that LG is one of the manufactures thats pumped lots of money into plasma screens just to find out this year that its basically now a dead technology, LCD won and the next gen going to appear later this year next year.

Maybe the idea is to sue who you can and grab it now and run for the hills before its to late.

Maybe...

47.7.2007 6:08

LOL

LG.

The lowest of the low 'Copy Everyone' Asiatic mass production companies suing someone for copyright infringement.

When I read this for the first time on another site, I had to make sure it wasn't The Onion I was on.

57.7.2007 6:28

From what I recollect from the seventies LG was originally either 2 companies - Lucky & Goldstar or one company called "Lucky Goldstar" The latter being a manufacturer or third rung electronic consumer goods sold at the lowest end of the market.

The combination under one name of LG was to create an entirely new Brand name to improve their image and sagging acceptability.

It appears they have not too good a job.

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