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Judge Dismisses WiLAN Patent Lawsuit Against LG Electronics

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A US Judge has ruled that LG Electronics did not infringe on patent held by WiLAN and granted the South Korean firm's request for summary judgement on non infringement.

However, the Judge also recommended that WiLAN's motion for summary judgment dismissing LG's claim for trademark infringement be granted and declined to recommend granting LG's motions for summary judgment on validity and other affirmative defenses.

The case dates back to last January, when WiLAN sued LG Electronics for infringement of its V-Chip patent (U.S. Patent No. 5,828,402) in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York. Earlier this year LG moved for summary judgment on numerous non-infringement and invalidity defenses as well as other affirmative defenses.

In a statement, WiLAN said that it is still studying the Magistrate Judge's recommendation with its lawyers and WiLAN can already confirm that it will file objections to the recommendation of non-infringement in its submissions to Judge Kaplan. Judge Kaplan will render the decision of the Court in the matter in due course.

WiLAN confirms that even if the Magistrate Judge's recommendations are followed by Judge Kaplan that the patent continues to be valid and enforceable. Since this recommendation regarding non-infringement is only in respect of LG's products, WiLAN does not believe the recommendation affects its existing license agreements or V-Chip licensing program.

The V-Chip technology, invented by Professor Tim Collings, provides parents the ability to block television content that they consider inappropriate.

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