Sunday, July 05, 2009

TG Daily on plasma patents, single molecule transistors

LG Electronics and Hitachi have settled their disputes in the plasma display area.
TG Daily concludes its report with the text:

There are so many patent battles going on between Japanese and South Korean companies that it's hard to keep up. They nearly always result in cross licensing and a secret deal.

The lawyers in these cases, as usual, coin it.

One notes that these suits BEGAN when plasma was losing out to LCD, and just didn't make sense anymore. As IPBiz reported in June 2007:

Plasma panels have lost ground to rival LCD makers, which have rolled out bigger and cheaper displays, causing plasma panel revenues to drop 28 percent from the prior year to $1.3 billion in January-March, according to DisplaySearch

Elsewhere, TG Daily reports on the single molecule transistor story published in Nature:

Thus, the new single molecule transistor could also pave the way for a quantum computer. Vahid Sandoghdar, Professor at the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry of ETH Zurich, said, “Many more years of research will still be needed before photons replace electrons in transistors. In the meantime, scientists will learn to manipulate and control quantum systems in a targeted way, moving them closer to the dream of a quantum computer.”

If "single molecule transistor" sounds familiar, it should. Jan-Hendrik Schon claimed one, based on a buckyball.

Elsewhere on TG Daily, within a post titled Firefox, IE. Tech journalists are a disgrace, one has the text:

Worse than that, they are praising this steaming pile of bug-ridden code, while making hilarious gags about how far behind Microsoft is. What these odious little punks are forgetting is that no one - and I mean NO ONE - in the real world cares about browsers. Most of them don't know which one they use and just eight percent of the people interviewed in Times Square by Google earlier this year could explain what a browser actually did.

One could make similar comments about IP law professors praising patent reform. Further, one doubts even 8% of people in Times Square could explain how the patent system works.

And then there was the text: Keep praising the opposition no matter how badly they screw up. evoking that Stanford professor who said Gary Boone invented the integrated circuit.


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