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Apple's iPhone built-in camera might be infringing on digital camera patents

submitted on December 7, 2009 by HouTex in "Member's Lounge"
A couple of tech news sites reported this yesterday.
St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants is suing Apple, contending that the Cupertino-based companies is stepping on some toes with some of the 3-megapixel camera’s features concerning the lens and memory. There are four St. Clair-held patents in question.

St. Clair is not new to the patent infringement lawsuit game. In 2001, it sued Sony for infringing the same patents and won a $25 million judgement against the company. In 2003, it sued Canon and was awarded $34 million in damages.

Since then, St. Clair has filed suit against every major camera maker in the world including Fuji, Kyocera, Minolta, Nikon, Olympus and Casio. It also filed lawsuits against Samsung, Panasonic, Nokia, HP, Kodak, LG, Motorola, RIM and Palm, among many others.

Many of the companies sued for patent infringement have entered into licensing agreements with St. Clair.

In Apple's case, St. Clair is seeking damages and a jury trial.
        

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