Case Filed: Sep 21, 2012
Case Closed: Jan 17, 2014
Court: New York Southern District Court
Judge: Katherine Polk Failla
Delaware-based, Yama Capital filed a complaint against Canon claiming unauthorized use of their intellectual property. The patent involved in this suit is US6069982 entitled ‘Estimation of frequency dependence and grey-level dependence of noise in an image’, issued on May 30, 2000 and expiring[i] by Dec 23, 2017. Marood International is the current assignee[ii] (Source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database) and as per the complaint, Yama is the owner of the patent.
The '982 patent claims technology to update default data and parameters relating to spatial noise characteristics in a digital image acquisition system.
According to the complaint, Canon's website boasts that its digital cameras include noise reduction that produces clear images particularly when shooting in low light at high ISO speeds and advertises its infringing noise-reduction technology as a product differentiator. The accused digital cameras manufactured and sold by Canon include noise reduction technology that infringe one or more claims of the ‘932 patent.
In its filing, Yama stated that Canon had knowledge of the ‘982 patent and was invited to enter licensing negotiations in Jun 2012 and Canon responded that the patent has been forwarded to Canon headquarters for further investigation. However, there was no response from Canon thereafter.
The parties reported to the Court on Jan 17, 2014 that they have reached a settlement in this case. Accordingly, the Court ordered the case to be conditionally discontinued without prejudice and without imposing costs on any parties. It also ordered that the parties may submit to the Court their Stipulation of Settlement and Dismissal within 30 days.
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