LG, Panasonic end patent suits against Taiwan companies

Dispute ends after more than a six year run

South Korea's LG Electronics and Japan's Matsushita Electric Industrial, better known as Panasonic, have both settled patent infringement lawsuits with Taiwanese companies, they said.

LG's dispute has run more than six years and involves patents for PCI bus technology. PCI is a standard interface technology used for plug-in expansion cards.

LG sued First International Computer in May 2000 and Compal Electronics in April 2001 alleging they were using LG's proprietary Peripheral Component Interconnection (PCI) technology in computers they were making and selling to major US computer brands.

After an initial defeat at trial court, which ruled the companies were not infringing on LG's technology, the South Korean company won a victory in July 2006 when an appeals court overturned the original ruling. A further trial was set to begin in January 2008 in California but that will not take place now thanks to the agreement between the three companies.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Panasonic said it had resolved a patent infringement case brought against Taiwan's CMC Magnetics and two of CMC's US affiliates, Hotan and KHypermedia. The case involved three patents related to recordable DVD technology.

The dispute was settled with Panasonic and CMC entering into a patent cross license agreement covering manufacture and sale of recordable and rewritable DVDs and CDs.

The 10-year license involved CMC paying an undisclosed royalty to Panasonic, the Japanese company said.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Martyn Williams

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?