Electronics brand Aigo said its legal action against Hewlett-Packard (HP; HPQ.NYSE) and Toshiba (6502.TYO) over patent issues will reflect positively on China’s image regarding intellectual property rights (IPR), the Financial Times reported. Aigo is suing the Chinese units of HP in Beijing and Toshiba in Xi’an, alleging that several of their computer models violate six of Aigo’s patents for USB port technology. While Aigo also wrote letters to Dell (Dell.NASDAQ, 4331.HK), Sony (SNE.NYSE, 6758.TYO) and Samsung (005930.KS) in China over the last five months – claiming that their computers infringed upon its patents and demanding that they commence licensing talks – Aigo’s chairman and president, Feng Jun, said he decided to sue HP and Toshiba after the computer makers rejected the allegations. The other companies have not responded. Feng told the Financial Times: "This is a very healthy, good thing, it will have a positive impact on public opinion about Chinese intellectual property."
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