WASHINGTON — The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) said Wednesday that Chimei Innolux Corp., one of Taiwan’s leading flat panel makers, has been accused of patent infringement by London-based Mondis Technology, Ltd. In a notice on the USITC website, the commission said Mondis filed the complaint Jan. 13, alleging that Chimei Innolux and Innolux Corp. of Austin, a Chimei Innolux unit in the United States, infringed upon certain technology patented by the London company that is used in video displays and related products. According to the complaint, Mondis named the two companies as respondents, accusing them of violating section 337 of the U.S. Tariff Act for the importation and sale of the products in the U.S. market. The USITC said Mondis has requested that the commission launch an investigation into the infringement accusation. The commission will vote to decide whether a probe will be instituted, according to the website. Should an investigation be instituted, the case will be assigned to one of the six administrative law judges under the USITC, who will make an initial ruling that is subject to review by the commission. If the USITC rules that Chimei Innolux and its U.S. unit did infringe upon the technology asserted by Mondis, the commission will issue remedial orders under section 337 of the Tariff Act that will become effective unless the U.S. trade representative disapproves of the orders within 60 days of the issuance of the orders.
The most serious punishment will be a bar on the importation and sale of the relevant products in the U.S. It is not the first legal battle between Mondis and Chimei Innolux. In 2008, Mondis filed a lawsuit with a court in the U.S. against Chimei Innolux and several others, including Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry and South Korea’s LG Electronics, for infringing upon its patents used in computer displays. In 2011, Chimei Innolux was ordered to pay US$15 million for patent infringement.