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March 24, 2008

Patent Problems May Limit Imports of Cell Phones, Blu-Ray Players

The U.S. International Trade Commission is investigating whether certain imports violate patents by Gertrude Neumark Rothschild, Professor Emerita of Material Science and Engineering and Professor Emerita of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics at Columbia University.  The patents include short-wavelength LEDs and laser diodes used in a lot of different products, including Blu-Ray players and cell phones.  That got Sony's attention, though no comment has come forth.  The complete list of companies reads like the Who's Who of Asian electronics makers.  Should she win, Professor Rothschild should be in for a pretty hefty payday.

Ars Technica has commentary.

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