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Sony and LG Settle Blu-ray Patent Dispute via Cross-Licensing Deal

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152w ago - Quite some time ago we reported that Korean company LG wanted Sony's PlayStation 3 and Bravia televisions banned in the US for patent infringements relating to Blu-ray playback.

Today Reuters (linked above) reports that both Sony and LG have finally settled their bitter Blu-ray patent dispute through a cross-licensing deal.

To quote: "LG Electronics and Sony said on Thursday that they have resolved patent disputes between the two firms spanning smartphones, TVs and Blu-ray technology, with LG adding that they have signed a cross-licensing deal.

LG and Sony recently agreed to drop patent infringement lawsuits against each other," a spokeswoman at South Korea's LG Electronics said. Sony confirmed this, but declined to comment further.

Sony had filed a complaint against LG with the U.S. International Trade Commission, seeking to block LG from shipping its Rumor Touch and several other smartphones to the United States.

LG also told the...
 

Sony Expands PlayStation Licensing Program for Non-Game Items

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207w ago - Last year Sony first announced the official licensing program for PlayStation peripherals, and today they have expanded the program to non-game items.

Essentially the company is granting rights to use the PlayStation logo and symbolic triangle, circle, x and square marks on t-shirts, accessories and other items.

The packaging for such items will show the same "Official Licensed Product" logo that's applied to licensed gaming gear.

To quote from Next-gen.biz (linked above): "Approved licensees can design products using the PS3, PSP, PSPgo, PS2 and PlayStation logos, as well as the iconic triangle, circle, x and square marks. They can also use the Official Licensed Product logo on product packaging and other promotional tools.

To date the licensing program has allowed manufacturers to use PlayStation logos on game peripherals and accessories developed for use with Sony's gaming systems. Launched in 2009, 45 licensees have released over 123 items."
 

Sony Starts Official Licensing Program for PlayStation Peripherals

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263w ago - Today Sony Computer Entertainment announced plans to expand its "Official Licensing Program" to further enhance PlayStation peripherals and accessories for the PSP, PS2 and the PS3.

Press Release: TOKYO, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced the expansion of the "Official License Program" to peripheral manufacturers in Japan, Asia, North America and Europe/ PAL territories to further enhance the PlayStation peripheral and accessory line-ups and offer richer entertainment experience on the PlayStation platform.

By entering into a license agreement with SCE through this program, peripheral and accessory manufacturers will gain access to technical documentations necessary for designing and creating variety of licensed products for PlayStation platforms including PSP(R) (PlayStation(R)Portable) handheld entertainment system, PLAYSTATION(R)3 computer entertainment system and PlayStation(R)2 computer entertainment system.

Furthermore, SCE will provide "Official Licensed Product logo" to be used on product packages, proving that the peripherals and accessories have been designed for each respective PlayStation platform, qualifying SCE standards and requirements. Further details on the "Official License Program" are available on the official site (http://www.scei.co.jp/olp/index_e.html)....
 

PDP & Hasbro Sign Multi-Year Gaming Product Licensing Deal

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280w ago - This new license agreement broadens the already successful business collaboration between PDP, the top gaming accessory provider, and Hasbro, a leader in games, toys, and entertainment products and services.

The agreement includes international rights across many of Hasbro's well-known brands.

Press Release: PDP AND HASBRO SIGN MULTI-YEAR, MULTI-BRAND LICENSING DEAL

New Accessory Products for Gaming, iPods, Cell Phones

Performance Designed Products, LLC ("PDP") and Hasbro (NYSE:HAS) have agreed to a multi-year, international license agreement that will allow for the creation of a new line of video gaming accessories and products for popular gaming devices, iPods and cell phones.

"We are thrilled to enter into this agreement with PDP," said Mark Blecher, senior vice president and general manager of digital media and gaming at Hasbro. "Hasbro's goal as a brand-driven company is to selectively align ourselves with the best possible licensee partners. We have had a very successful relationship with PDP over the last three years and are looking to expand that success with this new deal."

Upcoming projects for the year include video gaming accessories for the Nintendo DS, Wii, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 2 and 3 systems. These projects will include...
 

Havok signs 'perpetual' licensing deal with Microsoft Game Studios

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309w ago - Microsoft Game Studios and Havok have signed a perpetual licensing agreement for the latter's Physics, Animation and Behavior products, plus future products, to be used across all Microsoft internal studios and development partners worldwide.

Described as a 'unique deal', the agreement follows on from a long-running relationship between Microsoft and Havok. Havok has been used in several Microsoft triple A titles including Halo 3, Halo 2, Scene It? Lights Camera Action, and Age of Empires III. Microsoft has been licensing Havok products since 2001.

And a number of its upcoming titles currently in development are using Havok products. These include Fable 2, Halo Wars, Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, and a number of additional games.

"Microsoft Game Studios is proud to have committed to a long term partnership with Havok.

As a leading Publisher, our mission is to deliver the highest quality Xbox 360 & Windows gaming experience to our customers," says Jason Mangold, business manager at MGS. "There's no question that using Havok's technology helps MGS deliver on that goal."

Havok MD David O'Meara added: "Havok is committed to providing not only the premier physics software to our customers, but also in giving them new tools, such as Havok Behavior,...
 
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