Sony announced today that they have sued California-based DVD player manufacturer Apex over patent infringement. Sony holds joint licenses with Philips and Pioneer to DVD technology and has asked small DVD player manufacturers to pay licensing fees for their players.
Sony has asked manufacturer to pay either 3,5% of the device's wholesale price or $5 per unit for licensing fees. The Japanese consumer electronics giant filed the case at the Southern New York district court on 26th of March. Sony says that it can still agree the case outside courtroom if Apex is willing to negotiate.