Dolby Laboratories has scored in the patent wars, winning "standard terms" from Research in Motion in two lawsuits over use of audio technologies. RIM, maker of BlackBerrys and PlayBooks, will now pay licensing fees to Dolby, the company said, without disclosing the financial details of the arrangement. However, Dolby told …
Wow, not a troll for once.
Good to see a licensing dispute raised by a company responsible for genuine innovation.
A real journalist might mention that HTC phones used to come with Dolby and their huge recent investment in Beats Audio was to avoid Dolby bumping up their prices.
And if RIM have to pay a royalty of $5 per unit sold, does this mean they now owe Dolby labs $5?
This is the technology in question for those wondering what the heck it is:
Dolby need to take care (the competition)
Too many competing technologies, plenty of portable formats. For surround sound though there is DTS and also SDDS in cinema.
Price too high and a competitor will get the deal.
At least Dolby are not trolls and have provided some most useful products.
I think it's a sound decision by RIM to settle and also beats all these court hearings.
On that note, I'll get my coat...
Brings back memories
Somewhere around the house I have an original Dolby A card - circa early 70's - if I remember right it's about 4x the size of my shiny Nexus 2 phone - I'll have to add the Dolby A to my "tech" paperweight collection.
In those days, when you bought a Dolby NR system you got a manual with it - with complete schematics and a circuit description ... I haven't seen those a quite a few year either.
nobody mentions what has to be the El Reg sub-heading of the year?
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