FujiFilm initiates patent tussle with Motorola Mobility

Summary:Japanese company alleges phonemaker's devices such as Droid X and Xoom infringe on four patents relating to camera and photography tech, and sues after licensing discussions failed, report says.

Japanese photo and imaging company FujiFilm has filed a lawsuit in the United States against Motorola Mobility for alleged infringement of four patents on digital camera and photography technologies.

Tech news site IDG News reported on Saturday that the issue of patent violation began in April 2011, when FujiFilm first notified Motorola Mobility--now owned by Google --that the phonemaker was infringing on four patents.

FujiFilm claimed the two companies had a number of face-to-face meetings to work out a licensing deal, but the issue was not resolved to FujiFilm's liking and this led to the lawsuit, it said. FujiFilm, Motorola Mobility, and Google could not be reached for comment, it added.

These patents relate to technologies which allow a phone to capture color pictures and convert them into monochrome; a telephone and data-transmission method; a facial detection system; and processing a high-resolution image into a lower-resolution one, the report revealed.

In the lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court in San Jose, FujiFilm said a number of Motorola Mobility devices, including the Droid X, Razr Maxx, Droid Bionic, and Xoom, infringed some or all of the patents. The Japanese company is seeking damages for the patent violations as well as for the phonemaker to cover its legal costs, IDG News noted.



Topics: Legal, Smartphones


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