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[Bloom] Vizio is getting sued.

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Bloomberg.com

Mitsubishi, Samsung + OTHERS, Sue Vizio Over Video Patents

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?p...Ec&refer=japan

What does this mean to you?

This could possibly kill the brand, either Vizio will close its doors OR start charging HIGHER prices for its LCDs.

Vizio was able to afford to SELL CHEAP because they have been avoiding paying the PATENTS that all these companies own to make Vizio LCDs.

This is exactly why you dont see Apex and Cyberhome in stores anymore...

These companies basically "steal" patents until the owners come to collect. They usually just close their doors and run with the money. That means, no warranty, no support, nothing.

A similar lawsuit is also being filed against Target brand Trutech.
Edited by nitteo - 6/12/08 at 7:12am
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post #2 of 48
Wow. It looks like I wont be buying that Vizio Plasma TV at Walmart.......
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I'm glad to hear it. Companies like Vizio and Apex not only make ****ty products, but they do it unlawfully. I've been telling people this for years, but no one listens to me.

Samsung all the way...
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I hope this isn't true since I love my 42" Vizio. It IS great quality and I have had no issue with it.
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post #5 of 48
Just goes to show that paying a premium for a name-brand is sometimes worth it.
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Hm, I have an 32" Apex thats I've had for a LONG time now and it's still good as new. Only reason I bought it was the price...it was a new years day sale where the store clears all of its floor models, got the TV for $50.
I figured being a no name and a year old floor model that it would only last maybe 6 months, but it's lasted a LONG time (I'd guess maybe 7 years now? hard to remember)
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post #7 of 48
Strange thing with patents is that the owner of the patent is required to police the patent themselves. That makes it much harder for a company as it costs a lot of $$ to prove.
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Wow ....
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post #9 of 48
I almost bought a vizio for my room, but I got the Westy.
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post #10 of 48
Looks like I was right to be suspect of those two brands. Sometimes its worth it to pay more for a good name brand. Everything i have read about buying a flatpanel TV is by a trusted, quality name brand. ie Samsung.
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