Blue Laser Update

In an earlier HDTV Almanac entry, I wrote about a complaint filed by Gertrude Neumark Rothschild against 31 electronics companies for violation of her patents on blue LEDs and lasers. According to a press release by the law firm handling the complaint, four companies have signed licensing agreements for the technology. Sony and Sanyo are the most notable among the four.

The significance is that this agreement is likely to put Blu-ray DVD players back on track for distribution in the US. It also means that the remaining companies are more likely to seek a settlement. And when the licensing for intellectual property is worked out in the conference room instead of the courtroom, it’s a good thing for everyone. (Well, maybe not the lawyers, but everyone else.)