Matsushita Sues LG Over Plasma Patent

“Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. filed the lawsuit in Tokyo District Court against LG Electronics Inc. and a similar request with Japanese customs authorities on Monday, company spokesman Yoshihiro Kitadeya said from Osaka, where Matsushita is based.

Mr. Kitadeya said Matsushita has been in talks for a year, demanding that South Korea’s LG Electronics pay royalties on two patents he says are being violated in LG’s plasma display panels, or PDPs. No agreement was reached.”

This is the second suit of this type to hit Japan in a year. Samsung has already been sued by Fujitsu in Japan because of patent infringement. The plasma monitor market is definitely heating up and competition gets fiercer and TV prices continue to plummet.

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