Taiwan TV maker faces infringement probe in US
CNAWASHINGTON -- The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) said Wednesday it has decided to launch an investigation into allegations of patent infringement by Taiwan-based contract TV maker AmTran Technology Co.
September 6, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
AmTran and seven other electronics manufacturers from the U.S., Japan, and South Korea have been accused by Virginia-based patent holding firm Straight Path IP Group Inc. of infringing on its technology for point to point network communications devices, the USITC said in a statement.
The commission said the point to point network communications devices included smartphone handsets, tablet computers, e-Readers, smart TVs, gaming consoles and blue-ray players.
Straight Path filed a complaint with the USITC Aug. 1, saying AmTran and the other companies had violated Section 337 of the U.S. Tariff Act of 1930, according to the statement.
Straight Path also asked the authorities to issue a limited exclusion order, as well as cease and desist orders, to ban the sales of AmTran and the other companies' products in the U.S. market.
The other companies include AmTran Logistics Inc., a U.S.-based subsidiary of AmTran; and Vizio Inc., an AmTran partner in the U.S. market, according to the USITC.
LG Electronics Inc. of South Korea and Japan's Panasonic Corp., Sharp Corp., Sony Corp., and Toshiba Corp. will also face investigation.
After news of the USITC probe surfaced, shares of AmTran fell 0.99 percent to close at NT$19.95 (US$0.67) Thursday on the Taiwan Stock Exchange, while the benchmark weighted index ended up 1.05 percent.
However, AmTran said the USITC's move is unlikely to affect its exports to the U.S. as the company has experience in dealing with similar accusations.
AmTran said it will comment further on the case after it receives the formal documents from the USITC.
The USITC has not yet set a timetable for its investigation, but legal analysts believe the case will be concluded in 12-16 months.