Economy Ministry to help IT brands accused of patent infringement

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Taipei, Aug. 5 (CNA) The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) announced on Friday that it has extended an offer of assistance to three Taiwanese IT companies under investigation by the United States International Trade Commission (USITC) for counterfeiting patent.

The USITC said Wednesday it had voted to launch an investigation into allegations that Acer Inc., Asustek Computer Inc. and Taiwan’s Micro-Star International Co. (MSI) infringed video processing patents held by the Californian company VideoLabs Inc.

A lawsuit filed by VideoLabs on July 5 called on the USITC to issue exclusion and cessation orders limited to the three companies – as well as Hong Kong’s Lenovo Group and US-based Motorola Mobility LLC – for the sale of certain video processing devices and products in the United States that use the intellectual property owned by the plaintiff.

Acer declined to comment on the matter, while Asustek said the investigation should not negatively impact its finances or operations, and MSI said the company would defend itself.

Acer, Asustek and MSI have previously been accused of patent infringement by US patent licensing firm Tela Innovations, which filed suit with the USITC in 2018 and 2020.

Regarding the complaint filed by VideoLabs, the USITC said its Chief Administrative Law Judge will assign the case to one of the six administrative law judges on the commission, who will hold a hearing on the evidence and make a preliminary decision. The initial decision is subject to review by the commission, which will render a final decision.

Within 45 days of the initiation of the investigation, the USITC will set a target date for the completion of the investigation, according to the commission.

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