China Daily reports that a group of DVD manufacturers, consisting of Sony Corp, Philips, Pioneer Corp and LG Electronics and known as the 4C Patent Group are being sued by two Chinese DVD manufacturers. The Chinese pair are claiming that the 4C Group violated US antitrust laws by fixing prices and unlawfully tied their patents together and conspiring to monopolise the DVD player market. The group denies the allegation, pointing to the fact that it has licensed its patents to over 100 Chinese patent manufacturers.
The IPKat notes that, even though it may be beneficial to competition, those who engage in patent pools may look like they are co-operating to an undue extent.
More on antitrust law in China here and here
Monday, 24 January 2005
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