U.S. District Court Issues Temporary Restraining Order Against Mintek Digital, Inc.



    Order Enjoins Transfer of Assets in Breach of Contract Action Brought by
MPEG LA

    DENVER, April 12 /CNW/ - On April 10, the U.S. District Court for the
District of Colorado granted MPEG LA's motion for a temporary restraining
order (TRO) enjoining Mintek Digital, Inc. ("Mintek") from further
transferring its assets to circumvent liabilities for royalties owed to MPEG
LA pending a hearing on MPEG LA's motion for a preliminary injunction to be
held on May 2. The motion was filed in connection with MPEG LA's lawsuit
against Mintek and its parent, Jiangsu Digital Technology Co., Ltd. ("Shinco
Digital"), and Shinco Digital's parent, Shinco Electronics Group Co., Ltd.,
for breach of Mintek's MPEG-2 Patent Portfolio License with MPEG LA
(http://www.mpegla.com/news/n_07-02-01_pr.pdf). The Court granted the motion
based on evidence indicating that Mintek, at the direction of its parent
company, transferred inventory, customers and orders to SuperView Technology
without compensation and used the inventory to fulfill customer orders.

    MPEG LA, LLC

    MPEG LA is the world leader in alternative technology licenses, enabling
users to acquire worldwide patent rights necessary for a technology standard
or platform from multiple patent holders in a single transaction as an
alternative to negotiating separate licenses. Wherever an independently
administered one-stop patent license would provide a convenient marketplace
alternative to assist users with implementation of their technology choices,
the licensing model pioneered and employed by MPEG LA may provide a solution.
Among MPEG LA's licenses is one for MPEG-2 digital video compression that has
helped produce the most widely employed standard in consumer electronics
history. The MPEG-2 Patent Portfolio License, which includes more than 825
MPEG-2 essential patents in 57 countries, has approximately 1200 licensees
accounting for most MPEG-2 products in the current world market. DVD videos
are encoded with MPEG-2 video data, and every DVD player contains an MPEG-2
decoder. MPEG LA is an independent licensing administrator; it is not related
to any standards agency and is not an affiliate of any patent holder. For more
information, please refer to http://www.mpegla.com.




For further information:

For further information: MPEG LA, LLC Michelle Ott, 301-986-6660 Fax:
301-986-8575 mott@mpegla.com

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