In a significant victory for Zoran Corporation, today the United States International Trade Commission ("ITC") issued orders finding that Zoran's United States Patent No. 6,584,527 is valid and infringed by optical disk controller chips and chipsets sold by MediaTek and by a number of MediaTek customers using the infringing chips and chipsets.
The ITC also issued an exclusion order prohibiting MediaTek and specified MediaTek customers from importing into the United States any MediaTek optical disk controller chip or chipset, and any optical disk storage product containing such a chip or chipset that infringes claim 3 of the patent.
Contrary to MediaTek's prior predictions to the press, the ITC's exclusion order is not limited to prior generation MediaTek chips and chipsets, but instead encompasses all past, current and future MediaTek chips and chipsets that infringe claim 3 of the '527 patent. The exclusion order also encompasses all past, current and future products made or sold by specified MediaTek customers that use infringing MediaTek chips and chipsets.
I wonder what Lite-On is going to do. Most of their drives are based on MediaTek chipsets.