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Technology company Honeywell has filed a wide-ranging lawsuit against 34 electronics companies, claiming infringement of a Honeywell patent for technology that increases ...

Simon Carless, Blogger

October 6, 2004

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Technology company Honeywell has filed a wide-ranging lawsuit against 34 electronics companies, claiming infringement of a Honeywell patent for technology that increases the brightness of images and that reduces the appearance of certain interference effects on a liquid crystal display (LCD). The company's press release mentions "video game systems" as one of the devices affected by this alleged patent infringement. In addition, Sony Corporation Of America and Nokia Corporation, respectively makers of the LCD-screen utilizing PSP and N-Gage, are two notable video game-related companies mentioned in the lawsuit. However, a copy of the suit obtained by Gamasutra indicated that no specific game hardware is mentioned by name in the lawsuits, and it's likely that Sony's and Nokia's other LCD products, such as televisions and cellphones, are equally targeted by the wide-ranging patent suit, which asks for monetary damages and an injunction to prohibit selling products that infringe its patent. John Donofrio, Vice President of Intellectual Property at Honeywell, noted: "The two largest LCD manufacturers, LG.Philips LCD and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., have previously taken licenses under this fundamental patent", going on to comment: "Honeywell invests millions of dollars in research and development every year, and we aggressively defend our intellectual property to protect that substantial investment."

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Simon Carless

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Simon Carless is the founder of the GameDiscoverCo agency and creator of the popular GameDiscoverCo game discoverability newsletter. He consults with a number of PC/console publishers and developers, and was previously most known for his role helping to shape the Independent Games Festival and Game Developers Conference for many years.

He is also an investor and advisor to UK indie game publisher No More Robots (Descenders, Hypnospace Outlaw), a previous publisher and editor-in-chief at both Gamasutra and Game Developer magazine, and sits on the board of the Video Game History Foundation.

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