St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants, a Michigan based organization has filed a lawsuit against Apple in the United States District Court in Delaware accusing the company of infringing on four of its patents.
These patents relate to some of the widely used elementary technologies available in present day digital cameras.
In the lawsuit, the company has sought for a jury trial and damages caused to them as a result of Apple's use of these technologies on the iPhone. The four patents in question are
- 459: Take image contained within lens and store in some type of memory
- 219: Display the picture that will be taken in some type of display window
- 010: Push button in order to capture image
- 899: Make images contained within some type of memory and make them viewable in some sort of digital camera roll
This is not the first time St. Clair IPC is suing a company over these patents. The organization has a long list of court trials filed in the past against a number of major digital camera manufacturers. In 2001, the company filed a lawsuit against Sony for infringing the same set of patents and won $25 million in damages. This was followed by another successful trial against Canon where they won $34 million in damages.
The organization has since then sued virtually every other company in the industry including Fuji, Kyocera, Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Casio, Samsung, Panasonic, Nokia, HP, Kodak, LG, Motorola, RIM and Palm. Most of these companies are now into licensing agreements with St. Clair IPC.
Looking at this history of damage suits, it appears to be an open and shut case in favor of St. Clair. Apple is yet to respond to the lawsuit. We will keep you updated on the developments as they happen.
[via The Loop]