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Chip designer Broadcom is suing Sony over allegations the PlayStation 4 has been using patents without a license. Filing suit [PDF] in the Central California District Court, Broadcom claims that the latest Sony gaming box infringes on ten of its patents covering basic activities performed by a home console, such as decoding …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    This is why we cant have nice things

    seriously. our human progress in the world of technology is hamstrung by these patents on methods :/

    1. asdf

      Re: This is why we cant have nice things

      The lawyer tax has to be put on all innovation and they wonder why everyone hates them. Perhaps because they wrote the patent laws in the US which seem to exist mostly to maximize billable hours.

    2. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Re: This is why we cant have nice things

      It wouldn't surprise me to find that the person(s) who arranged the LSI licencing deal have moved on either within Sony or out into another company and no one even knows they deal has lapsed or who the new owners of the patents are. Letters to Sony may have been addressed to those people no longer there and the people receiving them either didn't deal with them or didn't know how to deal with them or maybe even forwarded them on.

      Whatever happened, this one sounds more like am internal comms cock-up than actual "theft of IP" in this case. It's not as if Sony can deny knowing about the patents or pretend they inadvertently invented them independently. It;s on a par with major internet presences "forgetting" to renew their security certs.

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      1. Arion

        Re: This is why we cant have nice things

        You're confusing the way patents are supposed to work, with the way they do work.

        1. MD Rackham

          Re: This is why we cant have nice things

          But there is no evidence in this article that Broadcom is abusing patents via submarining or patenting the obvious. These 10 patents are well known and widely licensed and, as the article noted, were previously licensed by Sony.

          It's possible that it's an oversight on Sony's part, but if Broadcom has really contacted them then an oversight could have been quickly remedied. More likely Sony is using their lawyers to try to cut a better licensing deal as part of a settlement. ("Well, you could continue this expensive patent litigation for a few more years, or we could just license the patents for 10% of what we were previously paying. Your choice.")

          1. asdf

            Re: This is why we cant have nice things

            Yes in this case its basically legal masturbation between two mega corps but anything time I can take a shot at the shit patent law (and lawyers writing shitty laws) we have in the US I do.

  2. MJI Silver badge

    Or is a case of

    You are not LSI go away?

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