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Mondis accuses Chimei Innolux of patent infringement

Staff Writer, with CNA, Washington

The US International Trade Commission (USITC) said on Wednesday that Chimei Innolux Corp (奇美電子), one of Taiwan’s leading flat-panel makers, has been accused of patent infringement by London-based Mondis Technology Ltd.

In a notice on the USITC Web site, the commission said Mondis filed the complaint last Friday, alleging that Chimei Innolux and Innolux Corp of Austin, a Chimei Innolux unit in the US, infringed on Mondis’ patents for technology in video displays and related products.

Mondis named the two companies as respondents, accusing them of violating section 337 of the US Tariff Act for the importation and sale of the products in the US market.

The commission has yet to decide if the case will be probed, following Mondis’ complaint.

If the commission rules that Chimei Innolux and its US unit did infringe on Mondis’ patents, it will issue a remedial order under section 337 that will take effect unless the US trade representative disapproves of the order within 60 days of its issuance.

The most serious punishment would be a ban on the importation and sale of the products in the US.

This is not the first legal battle between Mondis and Chimei Innolux.

In 2008, Mondis filed a lawsuit with a court in the US against Chimei Innolux and several others.

Those included Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry (鴻海精密) and South Korea’s LG Electronics Co, for infringing on its patents for computer displays.

Last year, Chimei Innolux was ordered to pay US$15 million (NT$450 million) for patent infringement.

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