Portable IFE firm e.Digital files patent infringement suit

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Portable in-flight entertainment (IFE) specialist e.Digital has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against a raft of firms that make such products as digital cameras and mobile phones.

In its suit, filed in the US District Court for the District of Colorado, e.Digital alleges that products made by Canon, Nokia, Panasonic, Samson Technologies and 15 others infringe on its patent portfolio that comprises techniques in the use of flash memory technology in recording products.

"E.Digital's ground-breaking inventions opened the door to the widespread use of flash memory in many of today's popular electronic products. The strength of our fundamental intellectual property has been validated through a successful first round of licensing and settlement agreements. Our strategy is to leverage the knowledge and experience gained from the initial enforcement actions to streamline, accelerate and maximize our patent licensing efforts," says ," says company president and CEO Fred Falk in a statement.

He adds: "Through our legal representatives, we remain committed to recognizing the value of our intellectual property, through licensing, and where and as required, through enforcing our rights through infringement litigation."