Sanyo Electric Co said Thursday it has filed lawsuits with the Tokyo District Court seeking damages against Sharp Corp over the alleged infringement of patents for liquid crystal display modules used in TVs and mobile phones.
In the lawsuits, the Panasonic Corp group firm is seeking permanent injunctions and damages over LCD modules in TVs and mobile phones manufactured and sold by Sharp, Sanyo Electric said in a news release.
Sharp Corp. said Tuesday it has initiated litigation against Taiwan's AU Optronics Corp. and six other manufacturers that use liquid crystal display panels assembled by AUO because they are infringing on its patented LCD technology.
Sharp is seeking an injunction on sales of LCD panels and TVs that use its technology in the U.S., while demanding damages from AUO in two complaints filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission and the District Court for Delaware.
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Total sales of products from Sharp Corporation and products from companies in other industries equipped with Plasmacluster Ion technology, Sharp's proprietary air purification technology, reached 30 million units worldwide at the end of December 2010, approximately 10 years after Sharp first embedded this technology in air purifiers in September 2000.
Sharp Corp will start selling its Galapagos electronic book reader at retail shops in addition to its current marketing method of mail or Internet orders to meet customer demand for faster product delivery, President Mikio Katayama said recently.
‘‘As we are now offering (related) services stably, the prospect of selling it by hand is in sight,’’ Katayama told reporters.
Competition between Japanese firms and Apple Inc. of the United States in the e-book reader market is in full swing, with Sony Corp., Sharp Corp. and other Japanese firms having released devices late last year to rival Apple's iPad.
The advent of e-book technology has been called the biggest revolution in publishing since the invention of typography, but how popular will it become?
Toshiba will construct a plant for medium- and small-size liquid crystal panels with Apple Inc. for use in smartphones, part of a larger series of moves to reorganize and refocus its operations for electronics components.
Sources said Friday the plant will be built in Nomi, Ishikawa Prefecture, on a 100,000-square meter plot belonging to a Toshiba subsidiary.
Sharp has developed and will introduce the LR56001 LED controller for LED ceiling lights, allowing users to adjust the brightness and color of three types of LEDs: cool white, warm white, and night light.
The demand of long-life, energy-saving LED lighting is growing and its use is expected to expand for indoor lighting fixtures, such as ceiling lights and light bulbs.
PlayStation Move sharp shooter is an upcoming peripheral which transforms the PlayStation Move motion controller into a sleek assault riffle designed for hardcore shooters such as Killzone 3 and SOCOM 4.
The sharp shooter's feature set is extensive, so PlayStation Blog went hands-on to learn more about its functionality and (surprisingly easy) setup process. Guerrilla Games Managing Director Hermen Hulst and PlayStation Blog field tested the PS3’s new weapon of choice.
Japan's leading cellphone maker believes its new focus will translate into sales of about 5 million smartphones a year, up from several hundred thousand at present.
SONY and Sharp upped the rivalry stakes in the heated e-reader and tablet market with the head-to-head launch on Friday of their latest devices in Japan, along with tens of thousands of e-book titles.
Sony, battling Amazon and Apple in the electronic book reader race, on Friday launched its Reader range in Japan along with a dedicated virtual library, after launching in 13 other countries including the US.