[THE INVESTOR] Korean electronics giants Samsung Electronics andLG Electronics have been sued in the US over alleged collusion concerning digital television broadcasting technology, industry sources said on Aug. 24.
Chinese home appliance maker Haier Group recently filed a lawsuit with a federal court in New York, accusing Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Philips and Zenith of colluding to inflate the licensing fee for the US-based Advanced Television Systems Committee standard.
In the lawsuit, Haier America Trading, Haier’s US subsidiary, alleges that the five defendants have colluded with MPEG LA, the world’s largest patent management company, and the Trustees of Columbia University to restrict fair competition regarding the ATSC patent.
In collusion with the five companies, MPEG LA has demanded unfair royalties, which has restricted fair competition and passing the burden onto consumers, it claims.
Korea and North American countries have adopted the ATSC standard for digital TV broadcasting as it is faster and more compatible than the Europe-based DVB-T2 standard or Japan‘s Integrated Service Digital Broadcasting.
Industry watchers said Haier’s lawsuit appears to be related to its greater efforts to tap deeper into the North American market.
By Alex Lee and newswires (email@example.com)