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LG wants ITC to ban Sony PlayStation 3 in the US

By Emil · 21 replies
Feb 8, 2011
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  1. LG has filed a complaint against Sony with the US International Trade Commission (ITC), claiming the PlayStation 3 and Bravia line of television models infringe as many as four Blu-ray Disc patents. The South Korean company is demanding a permanent ban of the PS3 from the US market.

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  2. Raswan

    Raswan TS Enthusiast Posts: 279

    Whatever the reason or validity, it's nice to see Sony catching some heat in the courts, if only so it can get a taste of how stupid, unrealistic lawsuits can be a real pain in the ***. I say don't dish it out if you aren't prepared to take it.
  3. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    Wow Ok i thought Sony demands on identity information and IP addresses were stupid but to demand a permanent ban of the PS3 on the US market takes the cake.

    Do big company lawyers do anything besides thinking on stupid lawsuits?
  4. Xclusiveitalian

    Xclusiveitalian TS Evangelist Posts: 787   +173

    lol yea like that would happen, this whole lawsuit is one giant waste of time for both parties.
  5. w3b0n

    w3b0n TS Rookie Posts: 38

    and money..
  6. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,808   +407

    People just sit at their desk and read through laws and patents just to find something to make some easy money. Silly, most companies can probably find infringements on most patents by most other companies if they look hard enough.

    I wouldn't be surprised if what I said was true. lol
  7. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    I guess they have to appear as if they are working so these lawsuits are just fillers
  8. just throwing this out there... lets see LG win their lawsuit. then when they have a monopoly on blu-ray players we'll see them be broken up in the US due to monopoly laws and then sony comes and wipes them out
  9. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,124   +1,617

    LOL....Sony can't catch a break right now. Which is fine - they've stepped on enough toes that a little smack down couldn't hurt.
  10. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TS Evangelist Posts: 850   +386

    Brace for a major hissy fit counter suit
  11. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 783

    QFT - As I recall LG was one of the major players in the development of the Blu-Ray standard so I wouldn't necessarily dismiss this out hand ... may have some merit. Not that they'll get all the PS3's in America banned but perhaps a little bigger piece of the BD royalties’ pie.
  12. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,573   +561

    And why is this ban only on the USA market?
  13. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    LG better watch out Sony will soon demand "identity information" of every LG employee which worked on the development of Blu-Ray, then LG will most likely demand that all Sony products be banned from US markets :)
  14. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 783

    Maybe because LG thinks that it's the only place on Earth where the case would be heard? Just guessing :)
  15. Adhmuz

    Adhmuz TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,924   +712

    This might just be the brake Sony has been looking for, easy way to solve your console being hacked left right and center. Pull it from the market, everyone wins that way... oh wait then the Xbox Fan boys will claim some stupid console war victory and that will never go away. Can't these huge monopolistic electronic companies all just get along?
  16. Zecias

    Zecias TS Booster Posts: 202

    probably won't happen, take a look at internet explorer for example; Internet explorer used to have a monopoly on web browsers, but all they had to do was pay a fine. you should also keep in mind that sony is not the only other company with bluray players
  17. haha, if you read the court document, is says inside:


    "A. The '835 Patent
    1. Identification of the Patent and Ownership by LGE
    5.2 The'835 patent is titled "Recording Medium Having Data Structure for Managing Reproduction of Data Streams Recorded Thereon and Recording and Reproducing Methods and Apparatuses"


    Doesn't that sound like ANY cdr/dvdr/blueray device? Covers everything ever made right?

    I hate patents. I would like to patent sand and license it to all the beaches in the world.
  18. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Guru Posts: 449   +36

    ITC has become a battleground for big companies trying to settle scores with each other.
  19. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 2,200   +1,625

    There ya go EA the next BF game

    Battle Field: ITC
  20. ramonsterns

    ramonsterns TS Enthusiast Posts: 744   +13

    I'd rather they go away.
  21. give this case to Patty Hewes
  22. They don't want a ban. They want licensing fees. But, you can't easily sue for that until it's determined that the patent has been violated. Hence the lawsuit asking for a ban.

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