Matthew T. Eyet of Sandelands Eyet LLP is representing a company that produces modern electronics in a lawsuit against tech giant LG. The company alleges LG has infringed its smart television patents that allow televisions to run videos and internet content on the same screen simultaneously.
TVnGO Ltd. — an Israel-based technology developer — argues that LG Electronics Inc. deliberately infringed several patents with their Smart TVs and WebOS Smart TVs. TVnGO’s patents include strategies for enabling smart TV users to access their regular programming and the internet through their television displays.
According to the lawsuit “Any use of the television as a Smart TV, utilizing both TV and Internet as designed, would necessarily infringe.” The complaint also states that LG had prior knowledge that the televisions with Smart TV capability were uniquely created and adapted to use the claimed inventions of the patents.
TVnGO alleges that LG’s line of smart TVs infringes its patents because their TVs receive the TV data from an antenna or cable while they get internet access through a separate wireless network. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued the first of the patents in TVnGO’s suit in 2012. LG started selling its first line of smart TVs in 2007; the newer WebOS models launched in 2014.
Spokespeople for LG have failed to comment on pending litigation.
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