THE US ITC (International Trade Commission) will investigate complaints from a Taiwanese manufacturer about Sony regarding some alleged patent infringements.
The accusations about patent toe-stepping come from Chimei Innolux, one of the biggest LCD manufacturers in Taiwan, Chi Mei Optoelectronics, and Texas based Innolux Corporation, all of which appear to be related companies and are complaining that Sony has ridden roughshod over their patent rights on gadgets ranging from Sony's televisions to its games console, the PS3.
The complaint has just been acknowledged by the ITC, which said that it will investigate in relation to "certain liquid crystal display devices and products interoperable with the same".
This will take in "LCD televisions, LCD computer monitors and notebook computers with LCD displays, digital cameras with LCD displays, and video gaming consoles", according to the regulators at the ITC. And, when you think about it, this will not leave many Sony stones unturned.
The complaint was first filed in August of this year, and it asks that the ITC put cease and desist handcuffs on the Japanese firm and its US import business until a resolution is reached.
Should this happen, Sony could take a hit on sales in the run up to the holiday period. Since Sony has just released its Playstation Move, this will not be a good development for Sony.
The ITC has given it's administrative law judges 45 days to reach a decision as to whether to investigate. µ
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