Sony Corp. recently filed a patent infringement complaint against LG Electronics Inc. of Korea as well as its US subsidiaries with the U.S. International Trade Commission, touting that LG’s cell phones and modems currently infringe on proprietary technology including photo-based caller ID. In total, there were seven patents cited by Sony, where one of them describes how phones associate photos with phone numbers, letting you identify the incoming caller at a glance instead of having your eyes register the word to associate it with a person. Of course, this might require more work in the long run since you will need to snap a portrait photo of someone before assigning it to his/her contact. LG has yet to get back to messages seeking comment, so we foresee a rather long and drawn out legal battle.
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