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Suit charges Apple with violating camera patents

updated 05:10 pm EST, Fri December 4, 2009

Plaintiff shows long record of successful cases

Apple has been hit with a lawsuit over its use of digital camera technology, according to reports. The case is being processed through the US District Court for Delaware, and specifically charges Apple with violating four different patents in the manufacture of the iPhone. The plaintiff, St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants, is demanding damage compensation and a jury trial.

The lawsuit is only the latest in a string from St. Clair, connected to the same patents. A 2001 verdict against Sony was valued at $25 million, while a 2003 suit versus Canon garnered $34 million. Suits have subsequently been filed against a number of electronics companies, including camera makers like Nikon, Minolta, Fuji, Casio, Olympus and Kyocera. General electronics companies targeted have included Samsung, Panasonic, Nokia, HP, Kodak, LG, Motorola, Palm and Research in Motion.

In many circumstances, licensing agreements have been arranged. Apple may be likely to jump to a settlement, given precedent and a desire to avoid an expensive legal battle.




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  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Prior art.

    iSight anyone? I have the 2.0 version, the 3.0 is built into the iPhone etc.

    - A

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Can't innovate? Litigate!

    So, they've been suing everyone in the industry.
    Who's next?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    Re: Can't innovate

    And yet here they've been litigating for 8 years and been found in the right several times.

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -1

    Um...

    Why minus 2? Apple has cameras in its macbook & imac lines, as well as previously producing a stand alone camera, the iPhone simply doesn't have a mic which works as an integrated unit with the camera, all prior art. They also once made a digital still camera years ago...

    - A

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    Re: Um...

    And how does 5 year old prior art not violate 10 year old patent?

    And there's no links to the patents to know what they are bein sued over.

  1. Fast iBook

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    The prior art....

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_QuickTake

    - A

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