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Patent troll sues Apple, Motorola over phone camera tech

updated 12:25 pm EDT, Thu March 31, 2011

Imperium sues Apple, Motorola for phone imaging

Previously unknown firm Imperium Holdings late Wednesday joined in the bevy of lawsuits targeting phone makers. The company sued Apple, Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Nokia, RIM, and Sony Ericsson for allegedly infringing on five patents from between 2001 and 2006. All of the patents focused on mobile camera imaging technology, including low-light CMOS sensors, flicker reduction to compensate for fluorescent light, and pixel correction.

The patent unusually focuses on using old phone technology as examples. Imperium believed at least the iPhone 3G, BlackBerry Storm2, LG Voyager, and three obsolete phones from other firms were used as reference points.

Like many lawsuits of its kind, the Imperium case is aiming to get a permanent ban on infringing the patents as well as damages. The company is likely seeking a settlement or royalties before it gets to trial.

Imperium fits the classic definition of a patent troll both through its origins and its strategy for the case. The company is based in the Cayman Islands, often used for off-shore accounts, and is likely either a proxy firm or a company design to profit as much as possible while avoiding US taxes. Its lawsuit was also filed in the Eastern District of Texas, an area whose courts are known to often side with patent trolls in disputes.

A search for Imperium online turned up no online presence or sign that it had any meaningful products. The lawsuit may have first surfaced in mid-March but wasn't officially filed until Wednesday.

by MacNN Staff



  1. TomSawyer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Texas courts strike again

    your comment

  1. Feathers

    Joined: Dec 1969



    When it is so clearly obvious, given the choice of venue in such cases, that the courts in the Eastern District of Texas are patently biased, how can this situation be permitted to continue?

    What are the names of the judges so favoured by these scumbags? Why have they never been named and shamed for their manifest bias? Or is it, alternatively, because they are so incredibly thick that they don't even understand the complexities of technology and patent law? In either case, as biased or plain stupid, they have no business sitting on a court bench.

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