updated 12:45 pm EDT, Tue August 18, 2009
MPEG LA sues Haier
Key digital video architect MPEG LA has filed a lawsuit against Haier America for allegedly infringing on patents it holds for technology used in digital TVs. The complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, and maintains Haier's TVs in the US are sold without the needed patent licenses for the country.
The lawsuit seeks unclaimed monetary damages as well as an injunction preventing Haier from using the disputed patents in its products and to cease offering, marketing or importing them into the US.
Haier, based in China, sells its LCD TVs in retailers such as Walmart, Target, K-Mart, Amazon and others, along with home appliances and portable media players. It also has plans to release an Android-powered phone, the H7, in Asia sometime in September.