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Philips Sues Dell, HP, Intel Over Copy-Protection Patents (2)

Sept. 17, 2020, 7:47 PMUpdated: Sept. 17, 2020, 9:42 PM

Koninklijke Philips NV sued computer companies including Dell Technologies Inc., Lenovo Group Ltd., HP Inc., and Intel Corp. in Delaware federal court on Thursday for allegedly infringing up to four patents with their “digital-video capable devices” including computers, monitors, servers, and other products that support the HDCP 2.0 protocol.

Philips also named LG Electronics Inc., Realtek Semiconductor Corp., and MediaTek Inc. in the complaints.

U.S. Patent Nos. 9,436,809; 10,091,186; 9,590,977; and 10,298,564—all titled “Secure Authenticated Distance Measurement"—broadly cover technology used in the High-Bandwidth Digital Content Protection copy-protection standard. The patents specifically cover technology related to a “locality check” used to authenticate streaming content.

Most of the companies were sued for selling computers and related products that support the protocol. Philips also asserted MediaTek’s televisions infringed as well as LG’s TVs and smartphones, among other things.

Philips sued TCL Corp. in Los Angeles federal court in February for allegedly infringing two of the patents with its TVs.

Cause of Action: Patent infringement.

Relief: Damages, attorneys’ fees and costs.

Response: Intel declined to comment on the complaint. None of the other defendants immediately responded to a request for comment.

Attorneys: Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo PC and Farnan LLP represent Philips.

The cases are Koninklijke Philips N.V. v. Dell Techs. Inc., D. Del., No. 1:20-cv-01240, complaint filed 9/17/20, Koninklijke Philips N.V. v. HP Inc., D. Del., No. 1:20-cv-01241, complaint filed 9/17/20, Koninklijke Philips N.V. v. Lenovo Group Ltd., D. Del., No. 1:20-cv-01242, complaint filed 9/17/20, Koninklijke Philips N.V. v. Intel Corp., D. Del., No. 1:20-cv-01243, complaint filed 9/17/20, Koninklijke Philips N.V. v. LG Elecs. Inc., D. Del., No. 1:20-cv-01244, complaint filed 9/17/20, Koninklijke Philips N.V. v. MediaTek Inc., D. Del., No. 1:20-cv-01246, complaint filed 9/17/20, and Koninklijke Philips N.V. v. RealTek Semiconductor Corp., D. Del., No. 1:20-cv-01247, complaint filed 9/17/20.

(Updated with response from Intel.)

To contact the reporter on this story: Blake Brittain in Washington at bbrittain@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Rob Tricchinelli at rtricchinelli@bloomberglaw.com; Nicholas Datlowe at ndatlowe@bloomberglaw.com