Friday, June 26, 2009

Caltech, Sony settle patent case on digital cameras

Bloomberg reports: CalTech sued six digital-camera companies, including Canon Inc. and Nikon Corp., seeking royalties on 11 patents related to digital-camera technology. Some of the inventions relate to pixel sensors that improve electronically transmitted images and came from research CalTech did for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, according to information on the patents.

In separate June 23 filings, Nikon and Panasonic Corp. denied CalTech's infringement claims, said the patents are invalid and accused the school and inventors of misleading the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in order to obtain the patents. Canon, Olympus Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. haven't yet responded to the complaints, according to the court docket.

Michael Shore, a lawyer for CalTech with Shore Chan Bragalone in Dallas, said the university reached basic settlement terms with another party in the case and court papers may be filed in two to three weeks.

CalTech is no stranger to patent litigation, having sued entities in ED Texas:


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