Patent Trolls:Legal dispute could increase cost of digital TV


With gas prices on the rise, the cost of living going up with incomes not staying in step, here is an asshat company trying to cash in on the new HDTV standard.  Companies like this should be taxed for taking advantage of the taxpayers: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080416/ap_on_hi_te/digital_tv_patent_fight

WASHINGTON – A small Pennsylvania company’s patent lawsuits could hamstring the government’s $1.5 billion effort to make the transition to digital television easier on consumers’ wallets.

Rembrandt Inc. owns a patent on technology that it says is part of the digital television broadcasting standard used by the TV networks. Rembrandt is suing 14 companies, including Walt Disney Co.’s ABC, General Electric Co.’s NBC Universal, CBS Corp. and News Corp.’s Fox Broadcasting for patent infringement and wants millions of dollars in royalties.

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