Former NEC Patents Asserted Against Three Consumer Electronics Companies

  • June 26, 2014

A Hon Hai holding company and licensee sued Funai, Mitsubishi, and Toshiba for alleged patent infringement. Plaintiff MiiCs & Partners is a licensee of the seven patents-in-suit, which relate to liquid crystal display (5,850,275, 5,870,163, 5,966,589, 6,211,534, 6,417,833, 6,909,053, 7,460,190). The patents are currently assigned to co-plaintiff Gold Charm, a holding company formed in 2012 by Hon Hai. The plaintiffs’ three separate complaints accuse defendants’ LED monitors and televisions, thin-film-transistor LCD panels, modules, displays, and devices, as well as laptops and tablets of infringing the asserted patents. NEC Corporation assigned an undisclosed number of LED-related patents to Hon Hai in November 2012, including the patents asserted in this week’s litigation. This appears to be the first time these patents have been litigated. 6/25, Delaware District Court, 1:14cv00803, 1:14cv00804, 1:14cv00805


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