A consortium of HDTV makers including Sony Corp., Mitsubishi Electric Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co., have filed suit against rival manufacturer VIZIO Inc. for allegedly refusing to playing licensing fees for patents related to MPEG-2 video compress technology used in their line of HDTVs.
The lawsuit contends that VIZIO is actively violating 15 patents for PEG-2 related video compression, despite repeated attempts by companies that own the patents get the HDTV maker to license them as needed.
VIZIO said in a statement it is aware of a suit filed earlier this week in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, and is working to resolve the matter as soon as possible.
“VIZIO’s suppliers have licenses for the MPEG-2 patents, and VIZIO believes that these licenses extend to VIZIO’s products,” the company said in a statement today. “VIZIO has notified its suppliers of the lawsuit and expects full support and cooperation by them in the defense of the lawsuit…VIZIO is working to resolve this matter with the plaintiffs and its suppliers, and it intends to defend its legal rights with vigor.”
The company added that it does not believe the case will have any adverse impact on its business going forward. For more information, click here.