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Jan 10, 2023

Products & Solutions / Press Release

Panasonic Announces Settlement of US$17.5 Million Judgment Against Getac for Infringement of Design Patents on TOUGHBOOK® Detachable Laptops

Osaka, Japan, January 10, 2023—Panasonic Holdings Corporation (“Panasonic”) announced today that it has reached a settlement with Getac Technology Corp. and Getac, Inc. (“Getac”) resolving Panasonic’s US$17.5 million patent infringement judgment against Getac, Inc. 

Panasonic commenced legal proceedings in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, case number 8:19-cv-01118, in June 2019, asserting that Getac’s K120 and UX10 products infringed three Panasonic design patents, U.S. Design Patent Nos. D756,998; D766,232; and D785,634 (the “Asserted Patents”). 

Subsequently, on June 8, 2022, the jury returned a verdict in favor of Panasonic, confirming the validity of all the Asserted Patents, finding willful infringement by Getac’s K120 and UX10 products, and awarding Panasonic US$17,515,616. The District Court entered judgment accordingly on July 15, 2022.

The Asserted Patents protect the creativity and innovation of Panasonic’s designs such as its TOUGHBOOK® CF-20, the rugged detachable laptop, for which Panasonic has received multiple design awards. Getac began selling its K120 and UX10 products after Panasonic launched its CF-20 and TOUGHBOOK® CF-33 models. 

Under the settlement agreement, Getac has agreed to stop selling its accused K120 and UX10 products in the United States after February 1, 2023.

“We are gratified with the judgment and resulting resolution. Panasonic is proud to be an innovator and will continue to actively protect its intellectual property,” said Kiyotaka Yamamoto, Managing Director, Mobile Solutions Business Division of Panasonic Connect Co., Ltd.

About the Panasonic Group

A global leader in developing innovative technologies and solutions for wide-ranging applications in the consumer electronics, housing, automotive, industry, communications, and energy sectors worldwide, the Panasonic Group switched to an operating company system on April 1, 2022 with Panasonic Holdings Corporation serving as a holding company and eight companies positioned under its umbrella. Founded in 1918, the Group is committed to enhancing the well-being of people and society and conducts its businesses based on founding principles applied to generate new value and offer sustainable solutions for today’s world. The Group reported consolidated net sales of 7,388.8 billion yen for the year ended March 31, 2022. Devoted to improving the well-being of people, the Panasonic Group is united in providing superior products and services to help you Live Your Best. To learn more about the Panasonic Group, please visit: https://holdings.panasonic/global/

About Panasonic Connect

Panasonic Connect Co., Ltd. was established on April 1, 2022 as part of the Panasonic Group's switch to an operating company system. With roughly 28,500 employees worldwide and annual sales of JPY924.9 billion the company plays a central role in the growth of the Panasonic Group's B2B solutions business and provides new value to its customers by combining advanced hardware, including TOUGHBOOK® products, intelligent software solutions, and a wealth of knowledge in industrial engineering accumulated in its over 100-year history. The company's purpose is to "Change Work, Advance Society, Connect to Tomorrow." By driving innovation in the supply chain, public services, infrastructure, and entertainment sectors, Panasonic Connect aims to contribute to the realization of a sustainable society and to ensure well-being for all.

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