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MPEG LA sues Apex Digital
By Jon Newton, p2pnet.net
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2002-08-20
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Source: Mi2N - August 9, 2002

MPEG LA has sued Apex Digital, a manufacturer and supplier of DVD players, claiming Apex breached contractual obligations it had with MPEG LA under a MPEG-2 Patent Portfolio License.

"Apex Digital has failed to pay millions of dollars in royalties for its products as required by the Contract," says MPEG LA. "The lawsuit brought in US District Court in Colorado seeks monetary damages including interest, an accounting of all Apex products on which royalties are payable, and an audit of Apex Digital's books and records. In addition to Apex Digital's failure to pay royalties on MPEG-2 products that it has reported to MPEG LA, Apex's royalty reports are not consistent with published reports regarding its product sales.

"The lawsuit seeks an injunction against Apex Digital from using MPEG-2 patents in its products until Apex Digital pays all royalties that it owes to MPEG LA. An MPEG-2 decoder is necessary for DVD playback; therefore any product with DVD playback capability includes an MPEG-2 decoder and is required to be licensed under patents in the MPEG-2 Patent Portfolio License."

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