updated 08:40 pm EDT, Wed October 6, 2004
Honeywell sues Apple
today announced that it has filed a lawsuit against Apple and 33 other electronics companies claiming infringement of a Honeywell patent for technology that increases the brightness of images and reduces the appearance of certain interference effects on LCDs. The lawsuit claims the company's patented technology is being used in a variety of consumer electronics products, including notebook computers, cell phones, personal digital assistants, portable DVD players, portable LCD TVs, video game systems, and digital still cameras. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court for the district of Delaware, asks for monetary damages and an injunction to prohibit selling products that infringe its patent.
"The two largest LCD manufacturers, LG.Philips LCD and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., have previously taken licenses under this fundamental patent," said Donofrio. "Honeywell has a long history of successfully licensing proprietary technologies worldwide for non-competing uses as a core component of our strategic business model," Donofrio said. "We are pleased that LG.Philips and Samsung Electronics are benefiting through their licenses from our technology."
Other companies include Audivox, Casio, Concord Cameras, Dell, Eastman Kodak, Fuji, Fujitsu, Kyocera, Matsushita, Navman, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Sanyo, Sony, Sony Ericsson, and Toshiba.