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LG.Philips receives additional damages in Chunghwa case


LG.Philips LCD Co, the world's second-largest maker of liquid-crystal screens, was awarded additional damages in a patent lawsuit it won last year against Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd (中華映管).

US District Judge Consuelo Marshall, in rulings posted today on the Los Angeles federal court Web site, granted LG.Philips' request for enhanced damages and legal fees.

Marshall didn't specify the amount of added damages, saying a formal order would be issued later.

A jury in Los Angeles last year awarded LG.Philips US$53.5 million after finding that Chunghwa infringed two patents for semiconductors related to the manufacture of LCDs. The jury found the infringement was willful, which means the judge can triple the amount of damages.

"Our client is very pleased," LG.Philips lawyer Daniel Johnson said in a telephone interview. "Obviously we have to wait to find out what the actual amount of the enhanced damages is."

LG.Philips, the biggest maker of LCDs after Samsung Electronics Co, sued Chunghwa in 2002.

The Seoul-based company claims Chunghwa, whose components are used in Hewlett-Packard Co and Dell Inc computers, appropriated patented technology for making LCD panels.

Chunghwa filed a new request for the judge to reconsider the jury's willful-infringement finding in light of a recent appeals court ruling that makes it harder to award increased damages, said Teresa Corbin, a lawyer for Chunghwa.

It wasn't clear whether the judge's formal order would address this new request, Corbin said.

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