Friday, August 29, 2014
Search
  
Submit your own News for
inclusion in our Site.
Click here...
Breaking News
Samsung Partners with Nike On Running App
Samsung Applied for Samsung Quantum Dot TV Trademark
New iPhones Expected at Sept. 9 Event
Google Tests Drones For Delivery Of Goods
UMC To Partner With Fujitsu On Chip Production
Samsung, LG Introduce New Smartwatches
Sharp, Pioneer Dissolve Their Capital Alliance
Nero 2015 is Coming At IFA
Active Discussions
help questions structure DVDR
Made video, won't play back easily
Questions durability monitor LCD
Questions fungus CD/DVD Media, Some expert engineer in optical media can help me?
CD, DVD and Blu-ray burning for Android in development
IBM supercharges Power servers with graphics chips
Werner Vogels: four cloud computing trends for 2014
Video editing software.
 Home > News > Optical Storage > Sony su...
Last 7 Days News : SU MO TU WE TH FR SA All News

Thursday, April 11, 2002
Sony sues Apex for DVD patent infringement


Sony Corp said Wednesday it has filed a lawsuit against privately owned Californian firm Apex Digital Inc. for infringements of DVD player patents. The Japanese consumer electronics giant filed the case at the Southern New York district court on March 26 , claiming Apex imports and sells cheap DVD players into the U.S. without paying the required licensing fees to Sony.

Sony holds a joint DVD technology license with Philips Electronics Ltd. ( X.PHE) and Japan 's Pioneer Corp. (PIO or 6773), and has been asking Apex and other small sellers of DVD players to pay 3.5% of the wholesale price or a minimum of $5 per player.

"This is clearly an infringement of our patent rights," said Yoshikazu Ochiai, a spokesman at Sony.

"We have been trying to get Apex to agree to pay the fees for the last year or so, but we came to the conclusion in late March that our talks would not bear fruit."

Ochiai said Sony is still open to a private resolution of the matter and will withdraw the case if Apex agrees to pay the licensing fees.

And on April 5 , Apex posted a notice on its Web site, saying it had agreed to sign a licensing agreement with Sony, Pioneer and Philips.

But Wednesday morning in Tokyo , both Sony and Pioneer spokesmen said their legal departments haven't heard of a possible deal from group representative Philips.

Pioneer spokesman Kohei Iwamoto said, "this might be because they want to avoid enormous legal costs, which they might incur if they don't pay the licensing fees."

Apex Digital wasn't immediately available for comment Wednesday morning in Tokyo .

In the last six months of 2001, Apex's DVD players captured about 20% of the U.S. market in unit terms, according to research firm NPD Techworld. With some models retailing for under $100, Apex has overtaken Sony and Samsung Corp. ( Q.SSG) of South Korea to become the top seller in the U.S.

The Ontario -based firm assembles its DVD hardware and televisions in China , using chips and components from companies such as Japan 's Sanyo Electric Co . and, ironically, Sony.


Previous
Next
Microsoft chooses sides in DVD war        All News        Microsoft chooses sides in DVD war
Microsoft chooses sides in DVD war     Optical Storage News      Microsoft chooses sides in DVD war

Source Link Get RSS feed Easy Print E-Mail this Message

Related News
Sony PSN Back Online
Sony Offers New Smart Tennis Sensor
Sony Debuts Ultra-Compact a5100 Interchangeable Lens Camera
Sony, Huawei, Microsoft To Announce New Smartphones at 2014 IFA
Sony And Best Buy To Jointly Boost 4K Content
Sony Bravia S90 TV With Curved Screen Coming In Europe
Sony Releases The AS20 Action Cam, New Cyber-shots
Sony Reports First Quarter Profit
Sony Settles 2011 PSN Hacking Case
Sony Xperia Z3 Specs Leaked
Sony Invests in Image Sensor Production
Sony Failed To Pay Web Hosting Bills

Most Popular News
 
Home | News | All News | Reviews | Articles | Guides | Download | Expert Area | Forum | Site Info
Site best viewed at 1024x768+ - CDRINFO.COM 1998-2014 - All rights reserved -
Privacy policy - Contact Us .