US to probe alleged MediaTek patent infringement
CNAWASHINGTON -- The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) said Monday that it has decided to launch an investigation into patent infringement allegations against Taiwan-based integrated circuit designer MediaTek Inc. (聯發科技) and some other Asian electronics firms.
October 23, 2013, 12:08 am TWN
In a statement, the USITC said Optical Devices LLC of the U.S. filed a complaint Sept. 3 alleging that MediaTek and some other Asian companies have infringed on the technology it uses in certain optical disc drives and related products.
The USITC said Optical Devices has accused the companies of violating Section 337 of the U.S. Tariff Act of 1930 and has demanded that the commission issue limited exclusion orders and cease and desist orders against them.
The other companies are China's Lenovo Group Ltd., South Korea's LG Electronics Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co., and Japan's Toshiba Corp., Nintendo Co. and Panasonic Corp., the commission said.
The products covered by the investigation include desktop and laptop computers, computer storage devices, DVD and blu-ray players and recorders, CD players, televisions, console gaming systems and servers, the USITC said.
The commission said it has decided to carry out an investigation into the allegations.
In Taipei, MediaTek said in a statement that the USITC probe is unlikely to affect its operations.
Shares of MediaTek closed unchanged at NT$391.50 (US$13.27) on the Taiwan Stock Exchange Tuesday.
Rather than focusing on the USITC probe, market analysts said, investors were more interested in how the IC designer will report its third-quarter results and give guidance for the fourth quarter in an investor conference scheduled for Nov. 1.
In the third quarter, MediaTek posted NT$39.01 billion in consolidated sales, up 17.22 percent from the second quarter, beating the company's earlier estimate of between NT$34.9 billion and NT$37.6 billion.