The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has launched an investigation into Acer, ASUS, MSI, Motorola Mobility and Lenovo following a complaint by VideoLabs accusing the public companies of illegally using proprietary technologies.
VideoLabs was founded in 2018 with the aim of collecting intellectual property in the field of video editing. Since then, the company has acquired hundreds of patents from companies such as Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent, Siemens AG, Swisscom AG, 3Com, Panasonic and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE).
VideoLabs alleges that Acer, ASUS, MSI, Motorola Mobility and Lenovo infringe four patents. In particular, these are documents 7,769,238; 8,139,878 and 8,208,542 which describe video coding techniques. Patents were filed by Panasonic in the US in the early 2000s. Another patent, 7,372,452, was granted to South Korean giant Samsung: It deals with automatically reorienting the video playback window when the computing device is rotated.
It is noted that the technologies described in the patents can in fact be applied to a wide variety of products: PCs, tablets, smartphones and even televisions.
VideoLabs is calling for a ban on the import into the United States of Acer, ASUS, MSI, Motorola Mobility and Lenovo devices that allegedly use illegally protected designs. Respondents have not yet commented on the situation.