Sony, others file lawsuit against Dell over MPEG2

Sony, others file lawsuit against Dell over MPEG2

Sony, Mitsubishi Electric, Victor Company of Japan, France Télécom, Scientific Atlanta and Koninklijke Philips Electronics' US unit filed a lawsuit last Friday against Dell Computer for a patent infringement of MPEG2 video compression technologies, a Sony spokesman and a Mitsubishi spokesman confirmed on Wednesday.

The six companies sued Dell in the US District Court of Delaware, charging that Dell has been selling PCs equipped with DVD (digital versatile disc) drives using MPEG2 technologies without being licensed by these companies, said Masanobu Sakaguchi, a spokesman for Sony.

Dell has not released an official comment regarding the matter, said Taeko Miyazono, a spokeswoman for Dell in Japan.

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