Sony sued over Blu-ray

Irvine, California-based Target Technology has filed a suit against Sony, seeking damages for alleged patent violations related to the electronics giant’s Blu-ray technology. The suit, which names Sony Computer Entertainment America, Sony Pictures and Sony DADC, claims that products marketed under the Blu-ray name infringe on a patent Target owns for reflective-layer materials in optical discs. The patent addresses what Target called a need for specific types of silver-based alloys with the advantages (but not the price) of gold. According to the patent, the alloys are also more resistant to corrosion than pure silver.

Target does not specify in its suit whether it believes all of Sony's Blu-ray discs infringe on the Target patent or whether the suit applies to just a portion of the discs manufactured. The patent was filed in April of 2004 and granted in March of 2006. Target is seeking a permanent injunction that would prevent Sony from violating Target patent rights in the future, as well as damages, with interest, multiplied due to what Target characterizes as deliberate and willful infringement.

News source: News.com

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Blu-ray was a Japanese recording format in 2003 so this patent dispute is dodgy at best.

There are at least 5 different producers of BD discs now.

Sony just needs to pay up and move on, it's not like they could afford to change the production process of blu-ray at this stage in the race.

helios01 said,
Sony just needs to pay up and move on, it's not like they could afford to change the production process of blu-ray at this stage in the race.

Even though I don't see it happening, if the patent holder wins in this case, could they technically prevent Sony from selling Blu-ray and get a large payment out of this? Heh I suppose if they were really -that- evil.

In the unlikely even that this infringement is real, would this put another nail in their digital coffin? I would like one side to win before soon, as I don't want to have to wait 3 years before diving into the HD market. Maybe this is the chance i'm hoping for.

It is hard to comment as to how relevant this law suit is based on the information in the article. Even so, how closely a Blu-Ray disc resembles this patent seems subjective to me and my non-legally oriented mind.

Thanks for posting the most irrelevant news of the day!! While you're at it, take that large rod out your behind before posting next time!

Yeah but it's still pretty wishy-washy.

"a need for specific types of silver-based alloys with the advantages (but not the price) of gold."

What the hell does that mean? If I buy a silver wedding ring because I couldn't afford a gold one, I could get sued?

Kushan said,
Yeah but it's still pretty wishy-washy.

"a need for specific types of silver-based alloys with the advantages (but not the price) of gold."

What the hell does that mean? If I buy a silver wedding ring because I couldn't afford a gold one, I could get sued?

Silver isnt an alloy... stirling silver is, but that sentence alone means nothing unless you have the whole patent... the whole patent says it is for something much larger then just an alloy

Kushan said,
If I buy a silver wedding ring because I couldn't afford a gold one, I could get sued?

Well, the bride family might do that anyway