This kinda of thing is beyond retarded. Gertrude Neumark Rothschild, a Professor Emeritus at Columbia University has filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission against just about every consumer electronics company on the planet. She claims to they are all infringing on patents she holds relating to ‘short-wavelength light-emitting diodes and laser diodes.’ Apparently the laser ones are used in some PDAs and HD DVD and Blu-Ray players.
I’m not saying she might not actually have these patents, nor am I saying whether or not these companies might be infringing. What I *am* saying is that I don’t think Gertrude is anything but another patent troll, waiting for the $$ to build up before filing anything, and then sitting back and collecting money because someone else had the funds/resources/determination/willpower to actually BUILD something out of the patents.
If you ask me, Rothschild is merely looking for her 15 minutes of fame, and I think it’s annoying and outrageous that the courts bother with this. I’d be interested to know when she filed her patents, personally.