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MATSUsh*tA SUES SAMSUNG

 user 2006-02-20 at 9:55:00 am Views: 54
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    Matsush*ta sues Samsung
    SEOUL
    - Japan’s Matsush*ta Electric Industrial has filed a legal suit against
    South Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics over alleged patent
    infringement, according to Samsung Tuesday.
    Samsung said in a
    regulatory filing that Matsush*ta’s suit filed to the Marshall Division
    court in the state of Texas in the United States was a counter claim to
    Samsung’s suing of the Japanese company last September over an alleged
    patent breach.
    Samsung said that it intends to prove in court that the Japanese company’s allegations are baseless.
    Meanwhile, reversing a Japanese lower court decision, the
    Intellectual
    Property High Court acknowledged Tuesday that a recycled-goods importer
    infringed on Japan-based Canon’s patents by importing and selling
    refilled printer ink cartridges.
    The court issued an injunction on
    imports and sales of the cartridges, as Canon demanded. It also ordered
    that the recycled cartridges be disposed of.
    Recycle-Assist Co had
    imported from China and sold Canon brand cartridges that were refilled
    with ink. The point at issue in the case was whether this constituted
    production of a patented product, which is prohibited under patent law.
    “Regarding
    patented products, if components that make up the essential part of an
    invention are processed or replaced, then the patent holder can demand
    an injunction or other measures,” Chief Judge Katsumi Shinohara
    explained.
    The process of cleaning the inside of a cartridge and
    refilling it can be said to be performing essential parts of the
    manufacturing process that Canon invented, such as ways to prevent ink
    leaks, according to Shinohara.
    Recycle-Assist, which had argued that recycling is good for the environment, said it would consider appealing the decision.
    In
    December 2004, the Tokyo District Court had ruled that Canon’s patents
    were not infringed on because refilling ink is within the scope of
    repairs.

    Matsush*ta, Samsung patent dispute escalates
    Matsush*ta
    of Japan has sued South Korean rival Samsung Electronics in a US court
    for alleged violation of microchip patents, an AFP report said.
    Quoting
    a company spokesman, the AFP report said Matsush*ta Electric
    Industrial, known for the Panasonic and National brands, brought action
    before a federal court in Texas, seeking damages, which were not
    disclosed.
    The report said the patents in question are for DRAM, the most commonly used semiconductor memory product.
    DRAM
    is used in products ranging from personal computers and printers to
    mobile phones, TVs, game consoles, and digital music players, the
    report said.
    The DRAM patent rows between the two electronics
    heavyweights date back to a suit Matsush*ta filed in New Jersey in
    January 2002, which is still pending in court, the report said.
    The report said the two firms are also in a legal fight in plasma display panel technologies.
    Unit
    Samsung SDI filed a patent violation lawsuit against Matsush*ta in
    California and Pennsylvania in early December last year, prompting the
    Japanese rival to take a counter action late in the month, the report
    said.