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June 9, 2003 (EST)
SONY CORPORATION FILES SUIT AGAINST KLH AUDIO SYSTEMS
Sony Corporation announced today that
it had filed a lawsuit to prevent Lavcon, Inc. (also trading
as KLH Audio Systems) from copying the unique design of
a Sony home theater system model (DAV-S500). The complaint
charges KLH with design patent and copyright infringement.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the
District of New Jersey.
KLH recently began selling a home theater system (model
KLH HA 9000) including a DVD/CD player that is virtually
identical in appearance to Sony's DAV-S500 model.
Sony has been granted a design patent by the United States
Patent and Trademark Office (Pat. No. D460,063 S) that protects
the design of this DVD player component of Sony's DAV-S500
home theater system.
"Sony is known as a brand that provides a superior
experience for the user, both for its state-of-the art technology
and for its distinctive design elements," said Yoshinori
Yamamoto, President of Home Audio Company, Sony Corporation.
"Part of Sony's success with our home theater products
results from our distinctive and unique design. Sony takes
protection of its intellectual property very seriously and
has zero-tolerance for any attempts to exploit our success
by producing products that copy our unique Sony design."
The lawsuit demands that KLH immediately:
- " Cease manufacturing and selling its HA9000 model
DVD/CD player; and
- " Recall all such unsold systems from its distributors
About Sony Corporation:
Sony Corporation is a leading manufacturer of audio, video,
game, communications, key device and information technology
products for the consumer and professional markets. With
its music, pictures, computer entertainment and on-line
businesses, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the leading
personal broadband entertainment company in the world. Sony
recorded consolidated annual sales of approximately $62
billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2003. Sony Global
Web Site: http://www.sony.net/