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Trade Complaint Lodged Against Sony

(CN) - Sony imports more than 40 models of cameras, phones and mobile devices that violate patents on creating, displaying and printing 3D images, the Israeli company HumanEyes Technologies claims in a complaint to the U.S. International Trade Commission.

HumanEyes objects, among other things, to software in Sony's Cyber-Shot camera and Xperia mobile phones.

HumanEyes, of Jerusalem, claims that Sony is infringing on two of its patents that allow digital devices to create panoramic 3D images by combining multiple images recorded by an ordinary camera.

The technology allows images to be viewed in 3D without wearing special glasses, by interlacing images to the viewer's left or right eye.

HumanEyes claims that Sony has known since 2004 that the technology it uses in its devices belongs to HumanEyes. HumanEyes co-founder Shmuel Peleg discussed the technology with Sony researches in that year, the company says.

Sony refers to Peleg's works in some of its own patents for 3D technology, HumanEyes says.

Although HumanEyes has never licensed the technology, its CEO Vered Levy-Ron said in a statement that the company "remains committed to working with interested camera and other device manufacturers to incorporate HumanEyes' innovative 3D imaging technology into devices under agreements that respect HumanEyes' intellectual property rights."

The company asked the ITC to investigate its claims and to ban import of the devices if it finds they infringe on HumanEyes' patents.

HumanEyes is represented by Matthew Powers with the Tensegrity Law Group of Redwood Shores, Calif.

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