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AU Optronics wins patent case brought by Thomson

By Lisa Wang  /  Staff reporter

AU Optronics Corp (AUO, 友達光電), the nation’s second-biggest LCD panel maker, won a two-year patent lawsuit brought by Thomson Licensing Inc after the US International Trade Commission (ITC) affirmed an initial determination by an Administrative Law Judge that AU Optronics did not infringe on any of Thomson’s patents, AU Optronics said in a statement released yesterday.

That put an end to a nearly two-year investigation launched by the commission in 2010, when French firm Thomson sought a ban on AU Optronics and other companies from exporting their products to the US, the statement said.

The Hsinchu-based panelmaker yesterday said it was pleased with the commission’s ruling.

In August 2010, Thomson filed a complaint with the commission, accusing local panel makers AU Optronics, Chimei Innolux Corp (奇美電子) and the world’s top LCD TV chip supplier, MStar Semiconductor Inc (晨星半導體), of illegally using its patents in their products.

Thomson also asked the commission to ban those companies from exporting LCD monitors, LCD TVs, LCD modules containing problematic panels and chips to the US.

The commission’s ruling came after Administrative Judge Robert Rogers ruled in favor of AU Optronics on all counts after a trial lasting several weeks, AU Optronics said.

Separately, market researcher TrendForce Corp (集邦科技) said global PC and TV shipments rose 6.7 percent last month from one month earlier to 64.43 million units, boosted by strong demand for notebook computers and -tablet devices ahead of new product launches.

Flat panels used in tablets jumped 32.4 percent month-on-month to 10.18 million units last month as LG Display Corp and Sharp increased supplies to Apple Inc ahead of sales of the new--generation iPad, TrendForce said on Thursday.

The growth was also backed by sales of local PC maker Asustek Computer Inc’s (華碩電腦) new tablet, Google Pad, in collaboration with the US search engine giant Google Inc, according to the researcher.

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