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Honeywell sues Apple, 33 others over LCD patent

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.




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  1. drunkprimate

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Dinosaur lashes out

    this company is nothing but an aging dinosaur who has found a way to make up for not getting any radar contracts for the latest travisty of money we call "war" runned by republican smucks.

  1. Sebastien

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Typical

    A company with no viable business plan turns to extortion techniques to find a revenue.

  1. DannyMac

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Honey, well....

    I thought they were doing well making thermostat control panels...

  1. jeffreyloaf

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Certain things in life

    Taxes, death, and patent infringement.

  1. eep

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Republican Smucks?

    Didn't Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry along with other democrats (John Edwards) in both the house and senate authorize the use of force in Iraq? Which renewed hostile actions?

  1. eribas

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Apple LCDs...

    AFAIK, Apple doesn't actually make the LCD panel. IIRC, Samsung is the maker of their LCDs (at least originally).

  1. beeble

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Avionics

    I don't know about Honeywell's other business but they are doing very well in aviation and are avionics leaders. They also own the garrett turbo prop engine which is a fantastic direct drive turbo prop and much better suited to flying than the pratt & whitney pt-6 which is gas coupled.

    As for the first poster, why is war a great thing when the bombs have a "D" instead of an "R" on them. When are we going to get Pres. Clinton's plan for getting out of Bosnia? Pres. Bush has made some mistakes over the last four years but at least he hasn't given nuclear technology and materials to countries we are still at war with (N. Korea - yes the war is still technically not over, just on hold).

  1. drunkprimate

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Republican scum

    Most companies like these jackasses are republican GOP lapdogs. The perfect example is the crazy lying hypocrite Mormon company known SCO who is a proud contributor to the GOP. Also such people as Diebold whos owner and founder is drinking/fishing buddies with our fearless leader and my favorite kinda bush. But like it all democrats can be push overs when it comes it it but in over all approach they dont do the same dirty backhand pain causing dealings like the great notorious G.O.P. In the end i would perfer a man who acutally knows what thein the feild war is like, how it is a terrible thing, and one who didnt snort their brain away on pounds of cocain. Also something about the bush twins being arrested 12 times now for sollisatation for drugs and for possession of a uncontrolled substance just dosnt really give me that warm feeling of confidence that kerry's acutally working on their own kids do. Something about 25 year old daughters who stick their tounges out at the press like 5 year olds really is digusting when you realize their parents are YOUR NATION'S LEADER.

  1. aristotles

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Lawyers

    Are the scum of the earth and looks like the work for the mafia. I thought extortion and racketeering was illegal.

  1. mytdave

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Friggin litigious society

    What the f***!?! Money grubbers. What are they suing Apple and others for? Apple doesn't manufacture LCD panels, they get them from Samsung, LG, and others. All Apple does is put an OEM panel in a nice enclosure, adds Firewire and USB, and ships 'em out the door.

    Honeywell needs to be seriously spanked for bringing a frivolous lawsuit. Any right thinking judge should immediately throw this out, and penalize Honeywell for wasting the court's time.

    My opinion of Honeywell as a company just fell significantly. I'll be sure to avoid their products if at all possible.

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