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[News] The Patent Mafia of Philips Strikes Against, Racketeering Appeased

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No More Police Raids: China and Europe Agree to Talk

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| There was no dawn raid by police to seize patent-infringing MP3 players at 
| this year's Cebit trade show -- but behind the scenes, haggling over 
| technology licensing continued.  
| Raids by German police or customs officers had become a regular feature of 
| shows such as Cebit, in Hanover, and IFA, in Berlin, in recent years, often 
| at the instigation of an Italian company, Sisvel, which licenses patented 
| technology essential to the manufacture of MP3 players.   


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DVB-T Press Release

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| MPEG LA, LLC and SISVEL S.p.A. announce that as of August 26, 2008 the
| administration of the DVB-T licensing program, including the administration
| of all DVB-T Patent Portfolio Licenses previously executed by MPEG LA and
| licensees, has been transferred from MPEG LA to SISVEL.


DVD Disc Manufacturer Dicentia Infringing MPEG-2 Patents, German Court Says

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| The 12 verdicts of infringement were issued in all 12 cases on the merits
| brought by MPEG-2 patent owners who are also Licensors in the MPEG-2 Patent
| Portfolio License offered by MPEG LA. Those patent owners include CIF
| Licensing, LLC; GE Technology Development, Inc.; Koninklijke Philips
| Electronics NV; Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd.; Mitsubishi Electric
| Corporation; Sony Corporation; Thomson Licensing S.A.; The Trustees of
| Columbia University in the City of New York; and Victor Company of Japan,
| Ltd. (JVC).


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| Today the leading District Court for patent infringement in Germany, the
| Landgericht Düsseldorf, has announced six additional verdicts finding that
| DVD disc manufacturer Optical Disc Service (“ODS”) has infringed certain
| patents licensed in the MPEG-2 Patent Portfolio License offered by MPEG LA,
| LLC as a result of ODS’s manufacture of DVD video discs.


Taiwanese firm to sue over armed raid at IFA

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| A Taiwanese firm is taking legal action over damage to its reputation after
| an Italian patent troll representing Philips prompted the raid of a Berlin
| consumer electronics show last month.
| Teco was among 69 companies targeted by some 200 armed German custom officers
| during the IFA trade fair in Berlin. The raid was done at the request of
| Sisvel, which administers MP3 and DVD technology patents on behalf of
| Philips. Sisvel had complained that exhibitors at IFA may be infringing on
| patents owned by its client.


Philips could be in the firing line after Sisvel's Berlin patent raids

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| Electronics giant Philips is being threatened with legal action following
| raids at a major German trade fair sparked by Sisvel, the Italian licensing
| company. Sisvel. which administers patents related to MP3 technology on
| behalf of a number of companies including Philips, asked German customs
| authorities to take action against a group of exhibitors at the fair,
| claiming that products they had on show were infringing.



Berlin Court condemns Sisvel's IFA seizures as "illegal"

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| Today Sisvel, Europe's very own "patent troll", was given a serious blow by a
| Berlin Court. Sisvel convinced German public prosecutors to provide some
| helping hands in pressing companies in the mp3 audio field to take licenses
| under patents, owned by Philips and other companies.


German Customs cracks down at IFA

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| German Customs officials have raided several stands at this years IFA trade
| show in Berlin, including Emtec's, MSI's, and Xoro's. The officials are
| acting on behalf of Sisvel, which has a stand in Hall 2.2 at this year's IFA.

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