Patent troll filed lawsuits against Acer, ASUS, MSI and Lenovo for video technology

Patent troll filed lawsuits against Acer, ASUS, MSI and Lenovo for video technology

The U.S. International Trade Commission has initiated an investigation into Acer, ASUS, MSI, Motorola Mobility and Lenovo on a complaint by VideoLabs, which accuses listed companies of illegally using proprietary technologies.

VideoLabs was founded in 2018 to accumulate intellectual property in video processing and has since acquired hundreds of patents from companies such as Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent, Siemens AG, Swisscom AG, 3Com, Panasonic and Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

According to VideoLabs, Acer, ASUS, MSI, Motorola Mobility and Lenovo, four patents are violated, including 7,769,238; 8,139,878; and 8,208.542, which describes video coding methods. Patents were registered in the United States by Panasonic in the early 2000s. Another patent, 7,372.452, was issued to the South Korean giant Samsung, which automatically changed the orientation of the video window when the computer was turned.

It is noted that the technologies described in patents can in fact extend to a variety of products: personal computers, tablets, smartphones and even televisions.

VideoLabs requires a ban on the importation into the United States of Acer, ASUS, MSI, Motorola Mobile and Lenovo devices that are allegedly illegally using protected designs. The respondents have not yet commented on the situation.