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Canon gets a break in SED production

It turns out the legal battle between Canon, Inc. and Nano-Proprietary had not reached an end quite yet.  Canon announced on May 4th that the case of brought against them by Nano-Proprietary, Inc. was dismissed on May 3rd in Austin, Texas, and the jury returned a verdict stating that Nano-Proprietary had sustained no damages.  All claims against Canon USA were also dismissed.

The suit was filed in April of 2005 against Canon, Inc. for a breach on the non-exclusive patent license agreement with Nano-Proprietary, causing a delay in the production of surface-conduction electron -emitted displays (SED).  Canon had extended the agreement to Toshiba for manufacturing of the SED without the input of Nano-Proprietary.

After Canon had later bought out all of Toshiba's outstanding shares for the joint venture, SED, Inc., Nano-Proprietary announced that the game plan had not changed.  Nano-Proprietary did, however, mention the possibility of a new contract for the SED manufacturing after the litigation.

According to the press release, Canon intends to appeal the Court's previous determination that Canon had breached the license agreement, terminating that agreement, and allowing Nano-Proprietary to retain the original $5.5 million purchase price for that license.  In late February of this year, a U.S. court ruled against Canon, allowing Nano-Proprietary to terminate its licensing agreement with the Japanese company.

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What's not said...
By James Holden on 5/8/2007 7:44:12 PM , Rating: 2
What's missing from this announcement is whether or not Canon will still do a display or not? It's like 2 years behind schedule at this point.

RE: What's not said...
By spartan014 on 5/8/2007 10:49:37 PM , Rating: 2
Check this out...

Seems Canon has to renegotiate the deal with Nano-Proprietary to continue with SED displays..

By erik1974 on 5/9/2007 12:46:27 AM , Rating: 2
I think Canon must come out with SED-TV. OLED-TV and Laser-TV are also new technologies. I think in 2009 one of the 3 technologies can fight against LCD/Plasma. A Information website about all 3 technologies is

There so far behind
By 13Gigatons on 5/9/2007 9:06:24 AM , Rating: 2
It sucks that there is a legal fight at a time when SED should already be on the market. LCD's keep improving, there not quite there yet for me but the uber expensive ones show what's possible.

The sub $600 models are still not as good as CRT where 5 years ago so SED would be ideal if the price is right.

"We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit." -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng's take on patent troll Soverain
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