Case Filed: Jun 20, 2008
Case Closed: Mar 05, 2014
Court: Delaware District Court
Judge: Leonard P. Stark
St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants sued BlackBerry, formerly known as Research In Motion Ltd. alleging that four patents related to digital cameras in mobile telephones were infringed. The suit also named General Imaging as the other defendant. The patents involved in the suit were:
- US5138459 entitled ‘Electronic still video camera with direct personal computer (PC) compatible digital format output’ issued on Aug 11, 1992
- US6094219 entitled ‘Electronic still video camera with direct personal computer (PC) compatible digital format output’ issued on Jul 25, 2000
- US6233010 entitled ‘Electronic still video camera with direct personal computer (PC) compatible digital format output’ issued on May 15, 2001
- US6323899 entitled ‘Process for use in electronic camera’ issued on Nov 27, 2001
All the patents expired± by Nov 20, 2010 and were last assigned* to St. Clair Intellectual Property (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database). The complaint stated that the defendants manufacturing digital cameras directly infringed one or more claims of the patents-in-suit, thereby injuring the plaintiff and wanted Court to enjoin them from infringing.
Sony, Canon, Casio, Nikon, Kodak, and others have entered into an agreement with St. Clair Intellectual Property to license the patents-in-suit, the complaint said.
The suit is now concluded, as the parties filed a joint motion to dismiss the case. Having considered the motion, the Court ordered all claims asserted and counterclaims by both parties be dismissed with prejudice pursuant to the parties' confidential Agreement. Each party will bear their own fees and expenses.
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± Expected expiration date. Patent Term Estimator is a free web-based tool that automatically calculates patent terms and expiration dates for U.S. utility patents.
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