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Monday, March 28, 2005

Sony infringes patent right with Playstation

It was just reported that "in addition to a hefty, US$90.7-million fine for damages, Sony Computer Entertainment may be forbidden from manufacturing, using, selling or importing into the United States any of their products that include computer controlled vibrating motors because those products infringe on patents held by Immersion Corp."

I believe that patents are handicapping innovation, and are uncompetitive, since those that patent products hardly ever improve or innovate on those.

"Sony said it will to file an objection to the US High Court to fight against the decision by the federal district court in Oakland, California. United States sales as the suspension order, which covers PlayStation and PlayStation 2 consoles, two game controllers and 47 software titles, will not go into effect before the appeal, an Sony spokeswoman said."

But what is wrong with Sony? Already last year, there was this discussion that the Walkman wasn't their original idea (and I don't actually know what happened to this one)

Still, a tough ruling!

(By Asia Business Consulting)