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Patent fights over computer chips and software are everyday events. But the company that holds the patents covering V-chip television technology has taken an uncommon step in an infringement suit it initiated earlier this month in Toronto: rather than suing a maker of television sets, Tri-Vision Electronics is going after Best Buy Canada, which sells them.
[...] Teresa Scassa, associate director of the Law and Technology Institute at Dalhousie University in Halifax, said the idea of holding a retailer responsible for patented technology contained in a product it sold was not beyond the law in Canada.
“This is on the unusual side of things,” she said. “But it’s certainly clear that you can sue anyone in the supply chain, down to the consumer who bought the product. And they can be liable whether they know the product is infringing or not.”