U.s. Patent & Trademark Office Issues Final Rejection Of All Claims In Funai's

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U.S. Patent & Trademark Office Issues Final Rejection of All Claims in Funai's

'074 Patent

IRVINE, Calif., March 13 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

    VIZIO, Inc., America's HDTV and Consumer Electronics Company, announced

today that the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a

second rejection of all claims in Funai Electric Co.'s United States Patent

No. 6,115,074.

    (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090204/LA66605LOGO)

    "Based on this final rejection by the USPTO, we believe that Funai's '074

patent will ultimately be deemed invalid," stated Rob L. Brinkman, VIZIO's VP

Operations and Administration.

    "We are pleased that after reexamination of Funai's claims, the USPTO has

issued a second rejection of Funai's '074 patent just as they had done

earlier with their 5,329,369 patent. These decisions reaffirm our policy to

respect the rights of intellectual property holders, thoroughly investigate

all claims, and vigorously defend our legal rights when we feel a claim is

invalid or not infringed. Unfortunately, we are not immune to lawsuits and we

will vigorously defend ourselves in actions such as these as we see

appropriate," stated Laynie Newsome, VIZIO Co-Founder, VP Sales & Marketing


    About VIZIO

    VIZIO, Inc. "Where Vision Meets Value," headquartered in Irvine,

California, is America's HDTV 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. 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, Fast

Company's Top 10 Most Innovative CE Companies, Good Housekeeping's Best

Big-Screens, CNET's Top 10 Holiday Gifts, PC World's Best Buy among others.

For more information, please call 888-VIZIOCE or visit on the web at

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