Sony and 3M resolve battery dispute

Sony and 3M have reached a settlement over a lithium ion battery cathode patent dispute filed in March against Sony and other companies.



Under the settlement, which took place in the Minnesota District Court and United States International Trade Commission, Sony Corporation and Sony Electronics are the licensed sources of batteries containing 3M’s cathode technology.



3M’s cathode materials contain nickel, manganese and cobalt, and are used in lithium ion batteries, which usually power laptop computer, mobile phones and portable electronic devices.



According to 3M potential applications for the battery technology include powering hybrid electric vehicles.



Other details of the settlement were undisclosed.