VIZIO WINS U.S. CUSTOMS RULING
August 10, 2009
VIZIO WINS U.S. CUSTOMS RULING
-VIZIO continues to bring TVs with cutting-edge technologies to the masses
-Public Ruling Determines VIZIO Televisions Do Not Infringe upon Competitor’s Patent and Can Continue to Freely Enter the U.S.
Irvine, CA – August 10, 2009 -- VIZIO, America’s #1 HDTV and Fastest Growing Consumer Electronics Company, announced today that the United States Customs and Border Protection Agency (“Customs”) recently made public a ruling in agreement with VIZIO that all current models of VIZIO televisions do not infringe U.S. Patent No. 6,115,074 (‘074) held by Funai Electric Company, enabling VIZIO to continue importing America’s fastest selling line of televisions without interruption. VIZIO is the number one selling brand of LCD HDTVs in the U.S. and distributes flat panel televisions through major retail partners.
“The real winners are the American consumers who shall continue to have a purchasing choice from a large assortment of cutting-edge product offerings from VIZIO; we believe that Customs’ validation of VIZIO’s alternative, non-infringing technologies, along with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Final Rejection of Funai’s ‘074 patent, will enable us to effectively bring this matter to a close,” stated Ken Lowe, VIZIO Co-Founder and Vice President of Engineering. “We are very excited about VIZIO’s latest product offerings available in the second half of the year. VIZIO has always focused on making the right technology available for more people. In particular, our 2009 line of Extreme VIZIO Technology (XVT) series truly advances performance, function and form for VIZIO customers with unequalled value. Extremely fast 240Hz SPS™ Technology coupled with TruLED™ and Smart Dimming™ provide first in class picture quality, our VIA™ Connected HDTV feature enables ‘easy-chair’ experience of compelling entertainment, social networking, information and interactive services from partners such as: Accedo Broadband®, Amazon Video On Demand®, Blockbuster On Demand®, eBay®, Facebook™, Flickr®, Netflix®, Pandora®, Radiotime™, Rhapsody®, Showtime®, Twitter™ and Vudu™. In addition, our new 120Hz Slim Line™ HDTVs are perfect in the most popular sizes for consumers to enjoy their attractive design and style. This power packed line up of VIZIO XVT series televisions incorporates the latest technology for consumers at excellent values,” stated Mr. Lowe.
About VIZIO VIZIO, Inc., "Where Vision Meets Value," headquartered in Irvine, California, is America’s HDTV Company and Consumer Electronics Company. In 2007, VIZIO skyrocketed to the top by becoming the #1 selling brand of flat panel HDTVs in North America and became the first American brand in over a decade to lead major categories in U.S. TV sales. Since 2007 VIZIO HDTV shipments remain in the TOP ranks in the U.S. and are again #1 in Q1, 2009 with over 20% market share. VIZIO is committed to bringing feature-rich flat panel televisions to market at a value through practical innovation. VIZIO offers a broad range of award winning Plasma and LCD HDTVs including the new XVT series. VIZIO’s products are found at Costco Wholesale, Sam's Club, Sears, Walmart, Target, BJ's Wholesale, and other retailers nationwide along with authorized online partners. VIZIO has won numerous awards including a #1 ranking in the Inc. 500 for Top Companies in Computers and Electronics, Good Housekeeping's Best Big-Screens, CNET's Top 10 Holiday Gifts and PC World's Best Buy among others. For more information, please call 888-VIZIOCE or visit on the web at www.VIZIO.com.
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