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Hisense Sued for Infringement of AVC Essential Patents

(DENVER, CO, US – 23 November 2020) – MPEG LA announced today that patent owners in MPEG LA’s AVC Patent Portfolio License have filed patent enforcement actions in the Landgericht Düsseldorf, Germany against Hisense Germany GmbH (“Hisense”) for infringing patents essential to the AVC/H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10) digital video coding standard used in mobile devices, televisions and other products.

According to the complaints, Hisense offers television products in Germany, which use patent protected AVC methods without licenses with the individual patent holders or a portfolio license that includes these patents offered by MPEG LA. The suits seek monetary damages and injunctions.

The plaintiffs are represented by a team led by Axel Verhauwen of Krieger Mes & Graf v. der Groeben and Gottfried Schüll of Cohausz & Florack.

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TCL Sued for Infringement of AVC Essential Patents

(DENVER, CO, US – 27 July 2020) – MPEG LA announced today that patent owners in MPEG LA’s AVC Patent Portfolio License have filed patent enforcement actions in the Landgericht Düsseldorf, Germany against TCL Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG and TCT Mobile Germany GmbH (“TCL”) for infringing patents essential to the AVC/H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10) digital video coding standard used in mobile devices, televisions and other products.

According to the complaints, TCL offers mobile phone and television products in Germany, which use patent protected AVC methods without licenses with the individual patent holders or a portfolio license that includes these patents offered by MPEG LA.  The suits seek monetary damages and injunctions.

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ZTE Enters into MPEG LA’s AVC Patent Portfolio License

(DENVER, CO, US – 20 March 2019) – MPEG LA announced today that ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) has become a Licensee to MPEG LA’s AVC Patent Portfolio License (“AVC License”).

As a result of this agreement, all legal disputes related to patent enforcement actions brought by patent holders in MPEG LA’s AVC License against ZTE have been resolved.  Click here for more information.

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Huawei Enters into MPEG LA’s AVC Patent Portfolio License

(DENVER, CO, US – 19 February 2019) – MPEG LA announced today that Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Huawei Device Co., Ltd and Huawei Device (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd (“Huawei”) have become Licensees to MPEG LA’s AVC Patent Portfolio License (“AVC License”).

As a result of this agreement, all legal disputes related to patent enforcement actions brought by patent holders in MPEG LA’s AVC License against Huawei have been resolved. Click here; and here for more information.

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Verdicts Against Huawei and ZTE Enforced in Germany

(DENVER, CO, US – 27 December 2018) – MPEG LA announced today that patent holders in MPEG LA’s AVC/H.264 Patent Portfolio License have enforced verdicts of injunction in German District court (“Landgericht Dusseldorf”) cases finding that Huawei Deutschland GmbH (“Huawei”) and ZTE Deutschland GmbH (“ZTE”) infringed patents by their use in mobile phones that implement the AVC/H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10) Standard.  (See Original News Release)

Against Huawei the case 4a O 17/17 (EP 1 773 067/Appeal case no. I-15 U 73/18) has been enforced.

Against ZTE the case 4b O 5/17 (EP 1 750 451/Appeal case no. I-2 U 76/18) has been enforced. In both cases the Court of Appeals (“Oberlandesgericht Dusseldorf”) has dismissed Huawei´s and ZTE´s requests for an immediate stay of the enforcement while the cases are under appeal.

As a result, Huawei and ZTE must cease and desist from offering in Germany AVC/H.264 compliant devices such as smartphones and tablets that use the enforced patents. In addition, all such products in their possession or the possession of third parties must be recalled and destroyed.

“Although the failure to be licensed has made these enforcements necessary, taking a license under the AVC patents would easily remedy it, and we continue to welcome Huawei and ZTE to do so,” said Larry Horn, President and CEO of MPEG LA.

Validity cases related to the patents in suit are pending before the Federal Patent Court in Munich, Germany (“Bundespatentgericht”).

A team led by Axel Verhauwen of Krieger Mes & Graf v. der Groeben and Gottfried Schüll of Cohausz & Florack represented the plaintiffs.

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German Court Rules Huawei, ZTE Products Infringe AVC Patents

(DENVER, CO, US – 16 November 2018) – MPEG LA announced today that the District Court in Düsseldorf, Germany (“Landgericht Düsseldorf”) has ruled that Huawei Technologies Deutschland GmbH (“Huawei”) and ZTE Deutschland GmbH (“ZTE”) infringed patents of two patent holders in MPEG LA’s AVC Patent Portfolio License (“AVC License”) by using their technologies in mobile phones that implement the AVC/H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10) Standard. The court also found that the license offered by the patent holders under those patents through the AVC License is fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory.

“The Landgericht Düsseldorf’s decision confirms the importance of respect for intellectual property, and offering everyone easy and affordable access to essential AVC technology under a single license is a cornerstone of the MPEG LA AVC License’s wide acceptance making that possible,” said Larry Horn, President and CEO of MPEG LA. “We continue to welcome Huawei and ZTE to join the nearly 2,000 Licensees who have entered into our AVC License.”

Verdicts in additional cases brought by AVC License patent holders against Huawei and ZTE before the Landgericht Düsseldorf are expected to be handed down in December.

The decisions of the Landgericht Düsseldorf can be appealed by the defendants. Also, the defendants have filed validity cases against the patents in suit before the Federal Patent Court in Munich, Germany (“Bundespatentgericht”).

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Huawei Sued for AVC Patent Infringement

(DENVER, CO, US – 15 February 2017) – MPEG LA, LLC today announced that several patent owners in MPEG LA’s AVC Patent Portfolio License have filed patent enforcement actions in the Landgericht Düsseldorf, Germany against Huawei Technologies Deutschland GmbH (“Huawei”) for infringing patents essential to the AVC/H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10) digital video coding standard used in mobile devices and other products.

According to the complaints, Huawei offers mobile phone products in Germany, which use patentprotected AVC methods without licenses with the individual patent holders or a portfolio license that includes these patents offered by MPEG LA. The suits seek monetary damages and injunctions.

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ZTE Sued for AVC Patent Infringement

(DENVER, CO, US – 15 February 2017) – MPEG LA, LLC today announced that several patent owners in MPEG LA’s AVC Patent Portfolio License have filed patent enforcement actions in the Landgericht Düsseldorf, Germany against ZTE Deutschland GmbH (“ZTE”) for infringing patents essential to the AVC/H.264 (MPEG-4 Part 10) digital video coding standard used in mobile devices and other products.

According to the complaints, ZTE offers mobile phone products in Germany, which use patent-protected AVC methods without licenses with the individual patent holders or a portfolio license that includes these patents offered by MPEG LA. The suits seek monetary damages and injunctions.

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Sceptre Sued for ATSC and MPEG-2 Patent Infringement

(DENVER, CO, US – 3 July 2014) – MPEG LA, LLC today announced that patent owners in MPEG LA’s ATSC Patent Portfolio License and MPEG-2 Patent Portfolio License have filed patent enforcement actions in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against Sceptre, Inc. (“Sceptre”) for infringing patents essential to the MPEG-2 digital video compression standard and the ATSC digital broadcast standard.

According to the complaints, Sceptre offers in the United States products, such as digital television sets, which use patent-protected MPEG-2 and ATSC methods without having entered into licenses with the individual patent holders or portfolio licenses offered by MPEG LA.

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ViewSonic Enters into MPEG LA’s MPEG-2 and ATSC Licenses

(DENVER, CO, US – 18 June 2014) – MPEG LA announced today that ViewSonic Corporation (alternatively named ViewSonic Display Co.) (“ViewSonic”) has become a Licensee to MPEG LA’s MPEG-2 Patent Portfolio License (“MPEG-2 License”) and ATSC Patent Portfolio License (“ATSC License”).

As a result of these agreements, companies that license their essential MPEG-2 and ATSC patents through MPEG LA have agreed to dismiss their patent infringement actions against ViewSonic. Click here; and here for more information.

Patent infringement actions against Curtis International Ltd. and Craig Electronics Inc. were settled recently when each company became a Licensee to MPEG LA’s MPEG-2 License and ATSC License. Click here; and here for more information.

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Craig Electronics Enters into MPEG-2 and ATSC Licenses with MPEG LA

(DENVER, CO, US – 3 March 2014) – MPEG LA announced today that Craig Electronics Inc. (“Craig Electronics”) has become a Licensee to MPEG LA’s MPEG-2 Patent Portfolio License (“MPEG-2 License”) and ATSC Patent Portfolio License (“ATSC License”).

As a result of these agreements, companies that license their essential MPEG-2 and ATSC patents through MPEG LA have agreed to dismiss their patent infringement actions against Craig Electronics before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Click here; and here for more information.

Patent infringement actions against Curtis International Ltd. (“Curtis”) were settled recently when Curtis became a Licensee to MPEG LA’s MPEG-2 License and ATSC License. See here for more information.

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Motorola Licensed Under MPEG-2 License

(DENVER, CO, US – 4 February 2014) – MPEG LA announced today that Motorola Mobility LLC (“Motorola”) became licensed for its MPEG-2 products under the MPEG-2 Patent Portfolio License offered by MPEG LA.

As a result, companies that license their essential MPEG-2 patents through MPEG LA agreed to dismiss patent infringement actions brought against Motorola in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida (Click here for more information).

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Curtis International Enters into MPEG LA’s MPEG-2 and ATSC Licenses

(DENVER, CO, US – 28 January 2014) – MPEG LA announced today that Curtis International Ltd. (“Curtis”) has become a Licensee to MPEG LA’s MPEG-2 Patent Portfolio License and ATSC Patent Portfolio License.

As a result of these agreements, companies that license their essential MPEG-2 and ATSC patents through MPEG LA have agreed to dismiss their patent infringement actions against Curtis before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Click here; and here for more information.

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