LG, Vizio Settle Patent-Infringement Fight Over LCD Televisions

LG Electronics Inc. and Vizio Inc. settled patent-infringement disputes in the U.S. and Taiwan over flat-panel televisions, ending more than two years of litigation.

Terms weren’t disclosed in a joint filing today seeking to drop three cases pending before the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington. Vizio, of Irvine, California, and Seoul-based LG said they have a licensing agreement “that will resolve all outstanding patent disputes and related actions.”

The ITC was scheduled today to decide whether to ban sales of some Vizio liquid-crystal display TVs in the U.S., following a trade judge’s ruling in September that Vizio infringed a patent owned by LG. The LG patent relates to a way to disrupt a TV’s use, such as is done by hotels or rent-to-own businesses.

In addition to the ITC cases, civil suits were pending in federal courts in Texas and Maryland, and at the Taiwan Taipei District Court.

Vizio vies with South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. for the lead in U.S. sales of LCD TVs. LG is the world’s third- largest maker of LCD sets. Also named in the complaints was Taipei-based AmTran Technology Co., which makes Vizio TVs.

The cases are In the Matter of Video Displays, 337-TA-687; In the matter of Certain Digital Televisions and Components Thereof, 337-742; and In the Matter of Certain Flat Panel Digital Televisions, 337-733, all U.S. International Trade Commission (Washington).

The civil suits were LG Electronics Inc. v. Petters Group Worldwide LLC, 08cv163, and LG Electronics Inc. v. Vizio Inc., 10cv161, both U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (Texarkana); Vizio Inc. v. LG Electronics Inc., 09cv1481, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland (Baltimore); and 99-Yi-Diao-Zi No. 737, Taiwan Taipei District Court.

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