TWO Chinese-based DVD manufacturers have filed a lawsuit against the 3C Patent Group in the United States, alleging that it violated US laws, leading to unfair competition.
The claim was made by Anton Handal, from US law firm Handal & Associates, who is the lead attorney representing the two plaintiffs – Wuxi Multimedia Ltd and Orient Power (Wuxi) Technology Ltd.
According to Handal, Wuxi Multimedia first filed the lawsuit against the 3C group – consisting of the Sony Corp, Philips Electronics and Pioneer Corporation – last June.
While on Dec 28, the law firm filed an amended complaint, in which Orient Power joined as the second plaintiff. The complaint added LG Electronics as a defendant and made several new claims.
“We are seeking a judgment that the 3C patent pool is invalid and are calling for a monetary refund of all DVD player royalties collected,” Handal said.
The complaint also seeks a trebling of damages, he added.
“If the two companies win the case, all Chinese DVD manufacturers will benefit,” said Gao Wanjun, an official from the China Electronic Acoustic Equipment Association.
But it will be a long and hard fight, he added. – China Daily