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Vizio Licenses Patents to Sony

Vizio announced that it has granted Sony Corp. a license under its digital TV patent portfolio. The company also announced that it has resolved ongoing patent disputes with Sony and that Vizio is now a licensee under Sony's color television patent portfolio.

Vizio announced that it has granted Sony Corp. a license under its digital TV patent portfolio. The company also announced that it has resolved ongoing patent disputes with Sony and that Vizio is now a licensee under Sony's color television patent portfolio.

Information about which technology patents had been licensed was not immediately available.

"Having successfully resolved the disputes, we shall continue to aggressively protect our rights and actively expand Vizio's licensing program. As an owner of patent rights and as a licensee of legitimate patent rights held by others, Vizio respects intellectual property and we expect our competitors to do the same," said Rob Brinkman, Vizio vice president of operations and administration, in a statement. "We are pleased with the result of our patent licensing efforts. It demonstrates the technical strength and value of Vizio's patent portfolio."

Vizio, which sells low-cost HDTVs direct and through retail channels such as Walmart, has been in ongoing patent disputes with a variety of display manufacturers. Earlier this year, Vizio sued LG Electronics for patent infringement. The company has also sued Funai, which makes Sylvania, Philips, and Magnavox-branded HDTVs.

Last year, Sony, Samsung, and others sued Vizio over MPEG-2 patents.



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