Japan makers part of U.S. patent probe

Kyodo

The U.S. International Trade Commission said Monday it will launch a probe into three Japanese and four other Asian manufacturers and their local subsidiaries for alleged patent violations over optical disc drives for computers, DVDs, game consoles and other products.

Nintendo Co., Panasonic Corp. and Toshiba Corp., plus LG Electronics Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. of South Korea, Lenovo Group Ltd. of Hong Kong and Media Tek Inc. of Taiwan are subject to the investigation.

The move is based on a complaint filed in September by New Hampshire-based Optical Devices LLC that alleges the products imported and sold in the United States infringe on its patents and requests the commission to issue a limited exclusion order and cease and desist orders.

The ITC has not yet made any decision on whether there has been a violation, it added.