Hitachi yesterday announced it has filed a patent infringement suit against
three Taiwan-based monitor manufacturers, including Amtran Technology, Tatung
and Proview Technology.
According to Hitachi, the manufacturers produce and market monitors
without having entered into license agreement with Hitachi, although it did not
state which patented technology was infringed.
Both Tatung and Proview did not comment on the lawsuit, as the companies have
not received any related documents.
However, Tatung stated that most of its monitors business is ODM-based and its
own-brand shipments to US market only account for a small proportion of its
overall output. Therefore, the lawsuit will not significantly affect the
Amtran, on the other hand, stated it would continue to discuss a possible patent
license agreement with Hitachi and is willing to pay the patent fee according to
the results, company spokesman Scottie Chiu said.
Chui also indicated that Amtran only exports around 1.6-1.8 million LCD monitors
to the US market, and that only accounts for 10-20% of the company?s export
sales. However, the company?s shipments to Japan account for nearly 50% of the
total, so the company is expected to reach a settlement with Japan-based