TORONTO -- June 7, 2007 - Tri-Vision International Ltd./Ltée (TSX: TVL) today announced that it has licensed United States Patent No. 5,828,402 and Canadian Patent No. 2,179,474 to Microtek International Inc. of Taiwan. The licenses are valid through the expiration of the patents in 2016.
Companies who have been licensed to the U.S. and/or Canadian Patents include: Sony, Hitachi, Sanyo, Pioneer, Philips, JVC, Panasonic, LG Electronics, Samsung, Funai, Orion, Apex, Korat Denki, World, Eastech, Toshiba, eRAE, Seiko Epson, Xiamen, Shenzhen KXD, NewLane, Konka, TTE, Optoma, Coretronic, ViewSonic, Syntax-Brillian, NEC, AKAI, Chunghwa, Humax, Shinco, Jabil Circuit, LiteOn, Top Powersonic, Nakamichi, Emerson Radio, Esto, BenQ, Runco, Daewoo Tecwell, Redmond Group, Harsper, Wistron, Nexgen and more. A number of other major corporations such as Dell Inc. have committed to selling televisions under Tri-Vision's license.
As part of the transition to a digital television broadcast system in the United States, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has mandated rules to ensure that the V-chip can respond to any rating system changes in all digital television receiver products. Tri-Vision's open V-chip (also known as V-chip 2.0) is the only known patented technology capable of accepting modified or new rating systems.
A pioneer in small home and office digital scanners, Microtek has recently announced plans for a line of LCD and Plasma televisions under the Cineon and Microtek brands. Microtek has an established distribution network in 53 countries. North American Retail channel outlets include Best Buy, CompUSA, Office Depot, Staples, MicroCenter, Fry's, PC Richards & Sons, Fred Meyers, and B&H Wholesale. Microtek products also can be purchased through online websites, direct-mail catalogs, VARs, and systems integrators.
Tri-Vision International Ltd/Ltée is a public company founded in 1986. Shares of the Company trade on Canada's Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) under the symbol TVL. Tri-Vision operates two wholly-owned subsidiaries: Tri-Vision Electronics Inc. and Think Broadband Solutions Inc.
Tri-Vision Electronics Inc. - Licenses V-chip technology globally and owns the sole rights to U.S. V-chip Patent No. 5,828,402 and Canadian V-chip Patent No. 2,179,474 and 2,342,045. This subsidiary also markets Data Video Distribution Systems, Secure Pay TV, Addressable Pay TV (pay per view), Hotel Pay TV and Cable TV equipment worldwide.
Think Broadband Solutions Inc. - The division specializes in digital video system design and integration, in-country equipment sales and supply, logistical support, niche product design and development and in- house and offshore manufacturing capabilities.
To find out more about Tri-Vision International Ltd. (TSX: TVL), visit our website at www.tri-vision.ca