Certicom sues Sony over patents

Certicom Corp. (TSX: CIC) has launched a lawsuit against Sony Corp., claiming that the electronics giant infringed on two U.S. patents for digital content protection.

The suit, filed in a Texas court Wednesday, alleges that Sony is using Certicom-licensed digital encryption technology in a long list of its products including PlayStation 3, and certain personal computers.

The first patent violation, it claims, covers access control technology in used in Sony's Blu-ray high-definition products, which include certain DVD players, the PlayStation 3 and VAIO personal computers.

The company said a second digital transmission patent is also being used without a licence in wireless and audio devices such as high-definition televisions and audio equipment.

"We have invested heavily in (elliptic-curve cryptography) research and development over many years and feel strongly that our shareholders deserve fair value from companies using our patented technology," CEO Bernard Crotty said in a release.

"We prefer to resolve these issues through commercial discussions and without litigation. However, at this point we are left with no alternative but to file suit."

Certicom has hired Fish & Neave Intellectual Property Group of U.S.-based law firm Ropes & Gray for the case.

Company shares climbed 61 cents to $4.85 in early-afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. In April, Certicom hit a 52-week low of $3.65 during intraday trading.

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XxZxX4574d ago

In the land of Patent abuse, Sony is in trouble again.
Make you wonder, did sony ever check patent office beforehand?

ITR4574d ago

Wow..those two patents basically cover everything Sony.

Firewire4574d ago

Do you guys notice the trend though! Every time new technology comes out
this happens! Everyone wants to be noticed as the first to do this or that.
I'm sure Sony has a team of lawyers that investigated the patents. Most of the time when you hear about these suits, the patents are hard to
link to new technologies, basically the lawyers tell Sony, its a fine line that you haven't crossed over, so if someone complains it goes to the courts to get settled.
This is the real reason new technology costs us so much! It isn't just R&D but the fact that large companies have to fend of these small companies that live of the chance of one big pay day!

Maddens Raiders4574d ago

This is funny:

--""We prefer to resolve these issues through commercial discussions and without litigation. However, at this point we are left with no alternative but to file suit." --

In other words - show us the money. I know first hand about Certicom and their claims, and can tell you that this is not a well oiled machine by any stretch of the imagination.
The mistake is most likely on their end for not clearly defining applications of said technology and its uses or is missing an important disclaimer or pertinint verbiage in its patent filing for the technologies. This kind of thing happens all the time (just ask Bill Gates).

In earnest though, if the mistake was made openly without any recourse for SNE then they need to pay up immediately and give Certicom their just desserts. We'll see how it plays out in the street.

FreeMonk4574d ago

You'd think Sony would of learned by now to check other patents out, especially after the who Rumble feature suing that happened to them!

With the amount of debt that Sony are in at the moment, plus the losses they are making on each PS3 sold, if they end up having to pay out again due to, what is basicily considered as Stealing Technology from other companies, it could damage them even further! Stealing is stealing at the end of the day, and they have people to check all this stuff out before the product hits the production line!

Someone is going to get sacked...that's for sure!

I'm just waiting for the Sony Fanboys to comment. I'm sure they'll come up with some crap to protect there beloved Sony!

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