July 16, 2012
Fujifilm Files Patent Lawsuit Against Motorola Mobility
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A Tokyo-based company has filed a lawsuit against Motorola Mobility, claiming that the Google-owned telecom firm has infringed upon four patents related to digital cameras and photographic technology, various news outlets reported over the weekend.
According to CNET's Steven Musil, Fujifilm filed a lawsuit in the US District Court in northern California last Tuesday, claiming that multiple Motorola phones and tablets infringed upon their patents.
Fujifilm said that they turned to legal actions after attempts to negotiate a licensing deal fell through, and that they originally notified the Illinois-based defendant of the situation back in April 2011, Musil added. They reportedly held several face-to-face meetings with Motorola officials but were unable to come to terms.
Martyn Williams of PC Advisor says that the lawsuit alleges that several Motorola smartphones are guilty of infringing upon some or all of the patents in question, including the Droid X, X2, 2 Global, Bionic, 3, Pro; and the Atrix 2, Electrify, Photon 4G, XPRT, Defy, Cliq 2 and Titanium.
As for the patents, the four mentioned in the legal filings are U.S. Patent 6,144,763, which relates to the taking of color pictures and converting them to monochrome images on a cellphone; U.S. Patent 6,915,119, which relates to a data-transfer method other than the use of a telephone network (likely Wi-Fi or Bluetooth); U.S. Patent 7,327,886, which relates to a facial detection system included in some Motorola devices; and U.S. Patent 5,734,427, which relates to technology that allows a high-resolution image to be converted so that it can be displayed on a lower-resolution viewfinder.
"While some of these seem overly broad“¦ it's still left to be seen if the claims become more specific and if, indeed, Motorola infringes these patents," Eric Ravenscraft of Android Police explained. "Fujifilm may be able to make a strong case, particularly in the photography related areas where its IP portfolio is strongest, or it may find some of its patents invalidated."
"Fujifilm's filing is not overly specific on the details of these patents, so we'll have to wait and see," he added. "It's also worth noting that the landscape has changed dramatically since Fujifilm first began dealing with Moto. Now, the OEM is owned by Google and a dramatic changing of the guard has happened since the initial meetings took place. There's no telling how this will go down."