TORONTO -- Sept. 8, 2005 - Tri-Vision International Ltd./Ltee today announced that agreement has been reached with Thomson Inc. of the United States, Thomson Multimedia Limited of Canada and Thomson Multimedia SA of France on the infringement lawsuit involving Canadian Patent No. 2,179,474 for the period up to August 1, 2004.
Tri-Vision has received monetary compensation for RCA branded televisions produced for sale in Canada prior to August 1, 2004. Tri-Vision's legal litigation firm Lerners LLP will end legal action against the Thomson companies.
RCA branded televisions manufactured for sale in Canada after August 1, 2004 are the responsibility of TTE Corporation, a company formed as a joint venture between Thomson and TCL International Holdings Limited of Hong Kong. Tri-Vision is now in licensing discussions with the joint venture company TTE Corporation.
Tri-Vision has the sole rights to U.S. Patent No. 5,828,402 and Canadian Patent No. 2,179,474. Companies which have acquired one or both licenses include: Sony, Hitachi, Sanyo, Philips, JVC, Matsushita, Sharp, Pioneer, Apex Digital, Samsung, LG Electronics, Funai, Orion, Toshiba, Eastern Asia, Erae Electronics, Seiko Epson, Newlane, Astar, Xiamen and others.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has mandated new rules to ensure that the V-chip can be modified in digital television receiver products with or without associated display. Tri-Vision's open V-chip is the only known, patented technology capable of accepting modified or new rating systems. The FCC rules require that all digital television receiver products include open V-chip by March 15, 2006. The Consumer Electronics Association estimates that over 27,000,000 digital television sets will be sold in the United States in 2008.
About Tri-Vision: Tri-Vision licenses its patented V-chip globally. It also markets Data Video Distribution System, Secure Pay TV, Addressable Pay TV (pay per view), Hotel Pay TV and Cable TV equipment worldwide. Tri-Vision state-of-the-art systems can be customized to meet specific needs.
Tri-Vision International Ltd./Ltee is a public company founded in 1986. The Company trades on Canada's Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol TVL. The public company, which licenses patented v-chip technology worldwide, has two wholly owned subsidiaries: Tri-Vision Electronics Inc. and Tri-Vision Technologies International Inc.
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Source: Tri-Vision International Ltd.