Multi-Format Inc. has dropped a patent-infringement lawsuit it filed last August against 11 DVD retailers. Multi-Format, founded by two inventors, had claimed that it held patents related to the proce

Multi-Format Inc. has dropped a patent-infringement lawsuit it filed last August against 11 DVD retailers.
Multi-Format, founded by two inventors, had claimed that it held patents related to the process of playing back DVDs.

The Dumont, N.J.-based company initially sent letters to more than 200 retailers, studios, replicators and manufacturers in June, stating that they would need a license in order to make and sell DVDs (Bulletin, June 18). In August, Multi-Format filed a lawsuit against Amazon.com, Best Buy, Buy.com, Circuit City, Costco, Fry's Electronics, Kmart, Radio Shack, Sears, Roebuck & Co, Target and Wal-Mart.

The suit was officially dropped Jan. 9 after Multi-Format decided it did not have a strong infringement case, according to the company's attorney, L.A.-based Alan P. Block of Hennigan, Bennett & Dorman.

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