Toshiba Seeks Court Remedies for Infringement of Essential DVD Patent in Italy



    TOKYO, December 27 /CNW/ - Toshiba Corporation announced today that the
Company filed a lawsuit in Italy against an Italian disc replicator of DVD
discs on December 27, 2007. The suit was brought to the District Court of
Milan - Specialised IP Chamber against ACME S.p.A. (ACME), as a means to halt
infringement a Toshiba's DVD patent. Toshiba seeks injunctive relief and
declaration that ACME is liable for damages resulting from its infringement of
Toshiba's DVD patent.

    Toshiba licenses patents essential for meeting DVD format
specifications.(1) ACME has not entered into license agreements with Toshiba
or the DVD6C Licensing Group(2), and has engaged in the manufacture and sales
of DVD video discs in Italy without permission. Toshiba contends that ACME's
infringement of Toshiba's patent has damaged Toshiba's DVD-related business,
and also caused damage to the legitimate and licensed DVD product
manufacturing and distribution business as a whole. In filing the lawsuit,
Toshiba prepares to recover monetary damages, and to secure an agreement from
ACME to respect Toshiba's intellectual property rights in future.

    Toshiba has previously filed lawsuits in the US against infringement of
its DVD patents, against an American importer and wholesaler of DVD-related
products in 2005 and against 17 manufacturers and importers of DVD-related
products in April 2007. The company also brought a lawsuit in Germany in July
2007, against a German DVD disc replicator. Toshiba will continue to take
appropriate action against infringements of its DVD technology patents to
promote development of a healthy DVD industry.

    (1) DVD format specifications are standards adopted by the DVD Forum.

    (2) The DVD6C Licensing Group (DVD6C) is an industry body representing
nine leading developers of DVD technology and formats that licenses essential
DVD patents. For further information on the DVD6C Licensing Group, please see
http://www.dvd6cla.com/.

    
    Lawsuit against infringement of Toshiba's DVD patent
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    1. Date of filing: December 27, 2007
    2. Filed with: the District Court of Milan - Specialised IP Chamber
    3. Plaintiff: Toshiba Corporation
    4. Filed against: ACME S.p.A.
    5. Products: DVD video discs
    6. Scope of Complaint: Seeks monetary damages and an injunction
       prohibiting production of the named products in Italy by the
       defendant.
    




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Office Junko Furuta, +81-3-3457-2105 Fax: +81-3-5444-9202
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