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The Sony BDP-S550 Blu-ray Disc player could be halted by Rothschild  (Source: Sony Electronics)
Columbia University Professor Emerita claims electronics manufacturers infringe upon her patents

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) last week decided to investigate certain products that contain short-wavelength light emitting diodes and laser diodes. Such may include hand-held mobile devices, instrument panels, billboards, traffic lights, high-definition optical players and data storage devices.

Of note, HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc players, which use blue-violet laser technology, are subjected to this investigation. Companies named in the investigation include Toshiba, Sony, Sharp, Samsung, Lite-On, Matsushita (Panasonic) and LG.

Mobile phone manufacturers Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Motorola were also identified as one of the respondents in the investigation.

According to the filing, the investigation is based on a complaint filed in February by Gertrude Neumark Rothschild, alleging that the importation into the U.S. of certain products infringe a patent owned by Rothschild.

Gertrude Neumark Rothschild is a Professor Emerita and Special Research Scientist at Columbia University, from where she also received her Ph.D in chemistry in 1949. Rothschild is no stranger to the patent courts, as in 2006 she reached a settlement with Toyoda Gosei Co. Ltd. for infringement upon her LED patents.

Rothschild requests that the ITC issue exclusion orders and cease and desist orders. The case will be referred to ITC administrative law judge Paul J. Luckern, who will make an initial determination as to whether there is a violation of patent.



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RE: Problem
By dsx724 on 3/26/2008 9:26:04 PM , Rating: 2
I patented client side dynamic assembly on the web browser so that your browser can store information through javascript. If I was her, I would sue almost every website on the planet for violating my patent.


RE: Problem
By nah on 3/27/2008 9:27:48 AM , Rating: 3
Many people throughout history have done much more for less--Marie/Pierre Curie refused to patent how they discovered radium and polonium--stating that the discovery was for mankind---even though Pierre gave up his life for it. Richard Feynman could (and probably did) have the patent for nuclear powered submarines (although my memories are decidedly fudgy here--read Surely you're Joking. Mr Feynman ?--a wonderful read,by any accounts)


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