- Jan 8, 2003
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Blu-Ray Under Investigation for Patent Infringement? news from 1UP.com
When Toshiba bowed out of the HD-DVD game last February, most people believed that we'd seen the last salvo in the acrimonious format wars. Sony's Blu-ray format -- and by default its iconic blue laser -- would embrace its destiny as the physical hi-definition medium of choice in the 21st century.
But hold on -- what's this? According to an announcement posted over at the website of the US International Trade Commission, a widespread investigation has just begun into the legal particularities of several huge companies intimately involved in the Blu-ray hardware and electronics business. Up for debate? Whether or not all that fancy blue laser technology in your hardware may actually violate several previously undisclosed intellectual property patents. In other words: potentially big trouble for the electronics industry...