Hardly a week goes by that we’re not reading about Lawsuits regarding alleged infringement of Patents concerning technology being used in Mobile Phones and Tablets. But, we don’t see as many lawsuits being filed by camera manufacturers against smart phone and tablet manufacturers.
But, that may be changing, as Japan’s Fujifilm has filed a lawsuit against Motorola Mobility in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, claiming infringement of the following patents:
- U.S. Patent # 6,144,763: This patent covers a method and apparatus for compression coding of image data representative of a color image, and may be related to conversion of color to monochrome.
- U.S. Patent # 6,915,119: This patent describes an apparatus to which received data of an image and/or characters is to be transmitted,and a wireless communications device that communicates without a transmitting provider, as well as describing the ability to display or store data through the transmitting provider.
- U.S. Patent #7,327,886: This patent involves Facial Detection. For example, Processing for judging whether a face is included in a frame is performed in a predetermined interval on each of frames included in a moving image of a subject and then displayed on a monitor until the judgment becomes positive. If it is judged that a face is included in a frame, the facial position is detected in the frame and stored.
- U.S. Patent #5,734,427: This patent describes the ability for a high resolution camera with an electronic viewfinder to display an image at reduced resolution. The abstract for the patent filing mentions use of an imaging device that outputs a high-resolution image signal representative of an optical image via a lens, with a processing section that reduces the image so that a lower resolution image is seen on a real-time basis.
Fujifilm claims that it notified Motorola in April 2011 that it believed Motorola was infringing on the patents related to Photography named in the suit, and held meetings with Motorola Mobility about licensing the technology without any agreement being made before they decided to file a lawsuit.
This Lawsuit alleges that the infringing devices include “at least” the Motorola’s Droid X, Xyboard 10.1, Xyboard 8.2, Droid 4, Razr Maxx, Razr, Admiral, Droid Bionic, Atrix 2, Electrify, Droid 3, Photon 4G, Triumph, XPRT, Theory, Droid X2, Xoom, Atrix 4G, Droid 2-Global, Droid Pro, CLIQ, CLIQ XT, and DEFY smart phones/tablets.
You can read the complaint (uploaded by Martyn Williams of IDG News Service) by clicking here.