U.S. International Trade Commission investigates Blu-ray


Don’t throw your HD DVD’s in the trash bin just yet! There’s an old lady with a vendetta on the loose, and she means serious business! She already took down Phillips, and your PS3 is next.

In a complaint filed with the U.S. International Trade Commision by Retired Columbia University Professor, Gertrude Neumark Rothschild of Hartsdale, NY on February 20th, 2008 over 30 companies have been identified as respondents in an investigation that alleges copyright infringement, and violations of section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930.

The complaint looks to challenge the importation of certain short-wavelength light emitting diodes, laser diodes, and all products that contain said parts used in such electronics as handheld mobile devices, traffic lights and high-definition DVD players (read: PS3’s), into the U.S.

The complaint also calls for the ITC to issue exclusion orders and cease and desist orders to such Electronics giants as Sony, Toshiba, Sharp, and Motorola among others. The matter is being referred to the Honorable Judge Paul J. Luckern, an ITC administrative law judge, who will schedule and hold an evidentiary hearing, where he will determine whether or not a violation of section 337 has occured.

Usually I would say, “Oh, just another crazy crackpot out to make a quick buck.” But I dunno. This is an esteemed Professor at one of the best schools in the world, with a lifetime of work and service to the science community, and one victory already under her belt. This may not go away quietly.

Can you say: “CASH SETTLEMENT?”

Full List of Susipicious Parties after the break

The ITC has identified the following as respondents in this investigation:

  • Avago Technologies of Singapore;
  • Bacol Optoelectonic Co. Ltd. of Taiwan;
  • Dominant Semiconductors Sdn. Bhd. of Malaysia;
  • Everlight Electronics Co., Ltd., of Taiwan;
  • Exceed Perseverance Electronic Ind. Co., Ltd., of China;
  • Guangzhou Hongli Opto-Electronic Co., Ltd., of China;
  • Harvatek Internaional Inc. of Taiwan;
  • Hitachi, Ltd., of Japan;
  • Kingbright Electronic Co., Ltd., of Taiwan;
  • LG Electronics of Korea;
  • Lite-On Technology Corp. of Taiwan;
  • Lucky Light Electronics Co., Ltd., of China;
  • Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., of Japan;
  • Motorola, Inc., of Schaumburg, IL;
  • Nokia of Finland;
  • Opto Tech Corporation of Taiwan;
  • Pioneer Corporation of Japan;
  • Rohm Co., Ltd., of Japan;
  • Samsung Group of Korea;
  • Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., of Japan;
  • Seoul Semiconductor Co., Ltd., of Korea;
  • Sharp Corporation of Japan;
  • Shenzhen Unilight Electronic Co., Ltd., of China;
  • Shinano Kenshi Co., Ltd., of Japan;
  • Sony Corporation of Japan;
  • Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB of Sweden;
  • Stanley Electric Co., Ltd., of Japan;
  • Toshiba Corporation of Japan;
  • Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., of Malvern, PA; and
  • Yellow Stone Corporation of Taiwan.

Here’s to hoping she has a good lawyer! She better dig up Johnnie Cochran or something, cause I have a feeling these guys have a good team.

(Editor’s Note: you can still throw away your HD DVD’s.)