After being forced to stop dead on its tracks due to an infringement issue, Vizio has been cleared of this problem and will immediately continue importing TVs to America. At the moment, Vizio is the number one selling brand in the U.S. market. They distribute flat panel TVs via major distribution channels and retailers.
“We believe that this ruling, along with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Final Rejection of Funai’s ‘074 patent, will allow us to successfully bring this issue to a close,” stated Rob Brinkman, Vice President of Operations and Administration.
On March 13, 2009 The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) issued a Final Rejection of U.S. Patent ‘074, the patent that Funai has claimed is infringed. Additionally, VIZIO has filed separate anti-trust and patent infringement claims against Funai for unlawfully and unfairly discriminating against VIZIO in the licensing and enforcement of the ‘074 patent.