Like two willowy rich kids sparring in the Headmaster's Office at some $80,000 a year prep school, Sony and LG have been trading blows over patent issues, with LG recently turning to the International Trade Commission in the hopes of getting PS3s removed from store shelves in America. The newest complaint revolves around the Blu-Ray technology in not only the PS3, but Sony televisions -- specifically, "a way of dealing with multiple data streams, such as different camera angles, as well as a system to reproduce data that's stored on a read-only device," according to Bloomburg. If successful, the ITC could block the foreign-made PS3 on the ground that it violates U.S.-registered patents.
I understand that Sony isn't exactly innocent here -- in fact they took action against LG on patent grounds before this little episode -- but I'm having a difficult time understanding LG's logic. My initial reaction was "This isn't going to happen -- at all," thus making the formal complaint nothing more than an adorably idle threat. However, let's say that I'm wrong, and LG does succeed in their efforts. They will then be faced with the PR nightmare of being the company that sacked the PS3 (however temporarily), and regardless of the merits of their argument, they will still have to deal with an unforgiving public -- a public that might then think twice about buying their products.
Being a mere thousandare with no degree of savviness in the spheres of either business or law, I don't see the benefit of their approach, so I can only note that pulling this sort of stunt does little more than amount to so much chest thumping like some kind of deranged ape.
Sadly we're not in my fantasy world in which "wasting everyone's time" is a legal offense punishable by a minimum of $10,000 per hour of time wasted, so Sony and LG will continue their legal battles until some sort of agreement is reached. This could also be settled man-to-man at the flagpole, but until we transition into a fun-based economy, I fear we're stuck with court battles. Oh well, a boy can always dream.