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Toshiba sues 17 low-cost DVD player makers

Legal action for 'non payment' of DVD licences

Toshiba has launched legal action in the US against 17 companies that it says haven't paid the required licensing fees for DVD technology used in their products.

The Tokyo company and its US subsidiary filed a lawsuit at the US District Court for the Northern District of California and a complaint with the US International Trade Commission over the products, which include DVD players, recorders and other DVD-related products, Toshiba said.

The court case seeks damages from the companies while the ITC case asks for the products to be banned from importation into the US.

Typically the companies would have to pay a few dollars in royalties for each DVD player they make. The DVD6C Licensing Group, which licenses patents on behalf of 9 companies that hold basic DVD technology, charges between $3 and $8 per player.

The 17 companies named in both complaints are: Daewoo, Dongguan GVG Digital Technology, Dongguan Tonic Electronics, Dongguan Xin Lian Digital Technology, GVG Digital Technology Holdings, jWIN Electronics, Memcorp, Star Light Electronics, Starlight International Holdings, Starlight Marketing, Tonic Digital Products, Tonic DVB Marketing, Tonic Electronics, Tonic Industries Holdings, Tonic Technology, Tonic Technology and Tonic Trading Development.


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