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Getting Serious About HDMI Counterfeiting

HDMI Licensing, LLC announced that it is working with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to prevent counterfeit HDMI products from entering the United States.

For more information visit: www.hdmi.org ; www.cbp.gov


Unedited press release follows:

HDMI® LICENSING, LLC ASSISTS IN PREVENTING COUNTERFEIT HDMI PRODUCTS FROM ENTERING THE U.S. MARKET

Collaboration with U.S. Customs and Border Protection Results in 32 Shipments Seized to Date

SUNNYVALE Calif. February 16, 2011 – HDMI Licensing, LLC, the agent responsible for licensing the High-Definition Multimedia Interface® (HDMI®) Specification, today announced its successful collaboration with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to enforce intellectual property rights and trademark protection for the HDMI standard and help CBP frontline personnel identify counterfeit goods and prevent them from entering the United States.

Since January 2010, 32 shipments containing counterfeit HDMI products such as cables and adapters, DVD players and electronic projectors have been seized or destroyed at U.S. ports including Alaska, California, Florida, Indiana, Michigan, Texas, Washington State and Virginia.

“We are committed to protecting the over 1,000 HDMI adopters and the many consumers who use HDMI products by enforcing the HDMI trademark against counterfeiters,” said Steve Venuti, president of HDMI Licensing, LLC. “It is our goal to have only legitimate and authentic HDMI products on the market and CBP enforcement is one of many strategies we utilize as a part of our larger global strike against counterfeiters.”

For more information on the CBP program for intellectual property rights and trademark protection, please contact CBP at iprpolicyprograms@dhs.gov or download the Intellectual Property Rights Product Identification Training Guidelines on the CBP website at http://www.cbp.gov.

About U.S. Customs and Border Protection
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation’s borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.

About HDMI Licensing, LLC
HDMI Licensing, LLC is the agent responsible for licensing the HDMI specification, promoting the HDMI standard and providing education on the benefits of the HDMI specification to Adopters, retailers and consumers. The HDMI specification was developed by Hitachi, Ltd.; Panasonic Corporation; Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V.; Silicon Image, Inc.; Sony Corporation; Technicolor S.A. (formerly Thomson S.A.) and Toshiba Corporation as the all-digital interface standard for the consumer electronics and personal computer markets. The HDMI specification combines uncompressed high-definition video, multi-channel audio, and data in a single digital interface to provide crystal-clear digital quality over a single cable. HDMI Licensing, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Silicon Image, Inc. For more information about the HDMI specification, please visit www.hdmi.org.

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