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Sony Part Of Blu-Ray Patent Investigation
Sony Part Of Blu-Ray Patent Investigation
March 21, 2008 | By Leigh Alexander

March 21, 2008 | By Leigh Alexander
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The U.S. International Trade Commission is reportedly looking into patent infringement allegations related to Blu-ray disc players and other products, and has included Sony in its investigation.

According to Reuters, the Commission has said its investigation encompasses "short-wavelength light-emitting diodes and laser diodes used in such electronics as handheld mobile devices, traffic lights and high-definition DVD players."

The investigation was reportedly precipitated by a complaint filed in February by Gertrude Neumark Rothschild, a Columbia University Professor Emeritus, who says that a variety of U.S. imports infringe on her patent and should be blocked.

Along with Sony, Nokia, Motorola, LG Electronics and Panasonic maker Matsuhita Electric Industrial were also cited in the ITC's report.


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Anonymous
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I am so sick and tired of Patent rights... Every patent submission should require a physical working example; not a collection of ambiguous words like "light-emitting diodes". So are they going to seek legal action against anyone who makes anything that emits light? If proof of concepts are required for patents we can probably dwindle the patent files down to about 10... literally. The usefulness is in the implementation; anyone can come up with a patent if all you need is fancy words. Here's mine off the top of my head; I'm no lawyer but I'll put my law-leet-speak hat on.



"A device or mechanic which can be composed of software and/or hardware including interactive and non-interactive elements. This device can be used to effect the the elevated mental state of living organisms like; but not limited to, humans."



There! So now every game, movie, toy that excites you is now property of ME! Does anyone else have a better fake patent? Let's hear it!!

nathaniel chambers
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"Any device in which therein lay 0 and / or more, and /or as well as non-integer, real and / or chaotic values, Electrons, Neutrons, and / or Protons, in perpetuity throughout the known, unknown, anti- , parallel, fictional, religious, and / or inverse universe(s) is hereby patented by ME (here to out referred to as MOI)."



YOUR ALL IN VIOLATION OF EXISTING!!!





While I do understand patents aren't THAT simply, I do think they need to put some sort of cap on this crap. These people and companies are most often just fighting or looking for go-away money.

Anonymous
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I'm not a device.... I'll file a lawsuit against you!! Its very stupid, this patent stuff.

Doug Poston
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My understanding is that you could file a patent like that, and it may even get accepted, but it wouldn't stand up in court.


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