Thursday, July 20, 2006
How To Avoid Patent Lawsuit 101:Sony Signs Agreement With CPI.
Collaboration Properties, Inc. (CPI) - a subsidiary of Avistar - and Sony signed an agreement allowing Sony to use CPI's extensive patent portfolio for Sony products including audio, video, and communication and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets.
The agreement covers Sony's video conference apparatus as well as other products including video-enabled personal computer products and PlayStation products. CPI currently holds 60 issued patents covering the AvistarVOS video operating system as well as primary areas of video technology, including video signal transport, desktop video service integration, directory services, call control and handling, stored multimedia synchronization and presence-based calling.
Thanks to this contract, Sony won't wake up one day to find another lawsuit on its hands.