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Sony files patent infringement complaint against LG

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 02 Jan 2011 23:51 User comments (4)

Sony files patent infringement complaint against LG Sony has filed a patent infringement complaint against LG this week with the U.S. ITC (International Trade Commission), claiming many of the company's mobile phones and modems infringe on Sony's proprietary tech.
One of the patents relates to pictures associated with phone numbers. Most phones give the option for owners to add pictures of friends and family that will show up when that person calls.

According to Bloomberg, "Sony also said LG infringes on patented technology for encoding and transmitting audio in ways that adjust to available bandwidth capacity; delaying the start of audio recording for a set amount of time so that the recording doesn't pick up inadvertent noises; and technology for using the images streaming through a device's camera as a real-time viewfinder, then switching to saving better-quality files when the user decides to snap a picture."

Some of the other patents relate to how bandwidth is distributed and how network capacity is best used by modems.

Sony claims that Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson license the patented technology, which LG did not pay for.

ITC cases sometimes take up to a decade to resolve, so it is not likely that LG products will be blocked in the U.S. anytime soon.

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4 user comments

13.1.2011 2:48

....Can this Patent Infringement crap stop

23.1.2011 3:09

Originally posted by Tristan_2:
....Can this Patent Infringement crap stop
Not when there's money to be made, no.

33.1.2011 16:11
cjstk
Unverified new user

Don't ITC cases only take up to 12 months to go up to trial?

47.1.2011 1:57
Don Dave
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They need a refresher of the definition of Patent Infringement (http://www.ip-holdings.com/patent-infringement-litigation-patent-lawsuit). I can only imagine the amount of head-aches of attorneys have when it comes to this stuff.

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