Originally Posted by gball1980
hey all...i apologize if this is the wrong post for this, but i just returned from best buy asking about this tv and have a question...the magnolia employee told me that due to losing a lawsuit against sharp, samsung will not be allowed to sell these tvs in the US after January 9th...i was wondering if anybody else had heard this or had any more details...thank you very much for your time
Samsung recently lost a patent infringement suit brought by Sharp in the International Trade Commission (ITC). I checked the ITC web site and a Cease and Desist Order was issued on November 9, 2009 ordering Samsung to cease selling infringing products within 60 days, which would be January 9. In the meantime, they are allowed to sell the infringing products if they post a bond equal to 100% of the value of the product.
I don't know if the infringing products include the 8500, or any other model. Since the suit was brought by Sharp in March of 2008, well before the 8500 was introduced in the US, it is likely the infringing technology would apply to other, older, sets. However, the technology could be still be imbedded in their recent sets, too.
Another option is for Samsung to pay Sharp a royalty and then continue to sell the sets. But, Sharp would have to first agree to the royalties, and they are enemies. So, who knows. I think Samsung sells a lot more sets than Sharp, so Sharp should sit back and take the royalty before Samsung figures out how to design around the patents.
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This is a link to the ITC Order: http://info.usitc.gov/ouii/public/337inv.nsf/RemOrd/634/$File/337-ta-634.pdf?OpenElement