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Cyberhome DVD recorders seized by FBI

June 16th, 2006 · No Comments

Cyberhome, one of the better known cut price DVD brands, has had 20,000 seized by US agents in the US, because they allegedly use Philips patents without a license.
Eight trailers worth were impounded as part of an ongoing investigation by US federal agencies “into the illegal manufacture and sale of products bearing counterfeit trademarks.” The stock had a retail value of approx 2 million dollars.
Philips has long waged a war against brands that it claims infringe its patents and has spend years trying to keep unlicensed cut-price products from shelves both in the US and Europe.
In a statement, the European giant says “ has been using Philips DVD technology in its DVD players and recorders for a long time without paying royalties.” The unpaid license fees are said to run into millions.
” This practice is illegal and creates unfair competition.” Philips says that while it prefers to reach an accommodation with unlicensed brands, it will not shy away from taking legal action.
The Cyberhome website no longer lists any products in its recorder category.

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