IRVINE, Calif., May 28 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ —
– Court ruling holds that VIZIO ‘work-around’ products do not
infringe competitor’s patent
VIZIO, America’s HDTV and Consumer Electronics Company, today announced
that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C.
issued a ruling yesterday holding that certain "work-around" VIZIO digital
television products do not infringe U.S. Patent No. 6,115,074 (the "’074
patent"), which is owned by Funai Electric Co., Ltd. and Funai Corporation.
In so ruling, the Federal Circuit reversed a prior decision by the
International Trade Commission ("ITC") excluding certain VIZIO television
products from importation into the U.S. while affirming in part the ITC’s
findings on certain "legacy" products, which are no longer being sold.
"The Federal Circuit’s ruling is significant, and we are gratified that
the opinion vindicated our non-infringement position on the ‘work-around’
products. Those ‘work-around’ products were the result of an extraordinary
effort by VIZIO in technological development, and allowed us to overcome the
challenges posed by one of our competitors," stated Rob Brinkman, VIZIO’s
Vice President of Operations and Administration. "As an intellectual property
owner, VIZIO respects intellectual property rights, and has a strong policy
of enforcing its rights against infringers, in a responsible manner. VIZIO is
also committed to fully defend against any unjust claims asserted against it.
We are prepared to fairly compete on all levels," said Mr. Brinkman.
The ITC had previously issued an exclusion order that was the subject of
the appellate decision. While the Federal Circuit considered VIZIO’s appeal,
U.S. Customs found that certain VIZIO products were outside of the scope of
the ITC’s order, resulting in the continued importation of VIZIO products.
"We at VIZIO have worked diligently and aggressively to ensure that our
valued customers and end users have uninterrupted access to our products. We
have strong confidence in our position, and stand firmly behind our
technology. We are grateful for our loyal customers and their continued
support for VIZIO," stated Laynie Newsome, VIZIO’s Chief Sales Officer. "As
VIZIO continues to innovate, we are bringing to market exciting new
technologies such as VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA), Connected HDTVs and VIA
Connected Blu-ray Players, Razor LED HDTVs, TruLED HDTVs with 480Hz SPS and
Smart Dimming features, 3D HDTVs, HD Audio Sound Bars, Wireless Headphones,
HD Wireless Routers, Internet Radios, Mobile TVs and many other accessories.
VIZIO will continue to improve and offer these technology-packed VIZIO
products to our retail partners and to our valued customers."
United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit.
Decided: May 26, 2010
VIZIO, Inc., "Where Vision Meets Value," headquartered in Irvine,
California, is America’s HDTV and Consumer Electronics Company. In 2007,
VIZIO skyrocketed to the top by becoming the #1 selling brand of flat panel
HDTVs in North America and became the first American brand in over a decade
to lead in U.S. TV sales. Since 2007 VIZIO HDTV shipments remain in the TOP
ranks in the U.S. and were again #1 in Q1, 2009 with over 20% market share.
VIZIO is committed to bringing feature-rich consumer electronics to market at
a value through practical innovation. VIZIO offers a broad range of award
winning consumer electronics. VIZIO’s products are found at Costco Wholesale,
Sam’s Club, Sears, Walmart, Target, BJ’s Wholesale, and other retailers
nationwide along with authorized online partners. VIZIO has won numerous
awards including a #1 ranking in the Inc. 500 for Top Companies in Computers
and Electronics, Fast Company’s 6th Most Innovative CE Company of 2009, and
made the lists of Ad Age’s Hottest Brands, Good Housekeeping’s Best
Big-Screens, CNET’s Top 10 Holiday Gifts and PC World’s Best Buy among
For more information, please call 888-VIZIOCE or visit on the web at
The V, VIZIO, TruLED, Extreme VIZIO Technology XVT, VIZIO Internet Apps,
480Hz SPS, 240Hz SPS, Thin Line, Smooth Motion, Razor LED, Smart Dimming,
Where Vision Meets Value names, phrase and symbols are trademarks or
registered trademarks of VIZIO, Inc. All other trademarks may be the property
of their respective holders.
SOURCE: VIZIO, Inc.
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