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Apple sued over iPhone camera patent infringement

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By Jesse Hollington

Social Media & Software Editor, iLounge
Published: Monday, December 7, 2009
News Categories: Apple

Another patent infringment lawsuit has been filed against Apple, this time over the camera technology in the iPhone. St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants has filed suit in the United States District Court in Delaware, alleging that the iPhone camera infringes on four separate patents that it holds, seeking damages and a jury trial. In 2001, St. Clair filed suit against Sony for infringement of the same patents and received $25 million in damages, and then sued Canon in 2003, receiving $34 million in damages. St. Clair has since filed suit against every other major camera maker, as well as technology companies such as RIM and Palm. Many of these companies have since entered into licensing agreements with St. Clair. (via The Loop).

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“St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants”. I’m assuming (based on the name, and their site says nothing) the only reason this company was formed was to create/apply for vague patents and then sue anyone that breaks them. This could, quite possibly, be the best business model ever. They apparently sued (and won) Samsung, Nokia, HP, Kodak, Panasonic, LG, Motorola, Palm, and Research In Motion. 9-10 companies (when we include Sony/Apple) x 20-30 mil = bagloads of cash (minus lawyer fees and four bodies to apply for patents year-round, which is still bags of cash).

Posted by Warren Piece on December 7, 2009 at 10:31 AM (PDT)

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it sounds like their desperate to squeeze money out of companies ... LOL I HOPE APPLE WON!

Posted by pop on December 28, 2009 at 12:25 PM (PDT)

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