Motorola Mobility ordered to pay $10m in Fujifilm patent lawsuit

The company has been found guilty of infringing on intellectual property owned by Fujifilm.

Motorola Mobility has been ordered to pay $10.2 million in damages to Fujifilm for using the firm's patents in mobile devices without permission.

Fujifilm originally filed a lawsuit against Motorola Mobility in 2012. The complaint, filed in a San Fransisco court, alleged that Motorola Mobility infringed on patents owned by the photography and imaging firm. Tokyo-based Fujifilm said the two companies had discussed the intellectual property in a number of face-to-face meetings to thrash out the terms of a licensing deal, but the issue was never fully resolved -- resulting in the lawsuit.

In total, four patents formed the heart of the dispute. One relates to the capture of color images and conversion to monochrome; another relates to facial detection technology, and the final camera-related patent describes a method to convert a high-resolution image into a lower-resolution photo -- useful for sending across wireless networks and for uploading online. The final patent relates to transmitting data across a wireless connection such as Bluetooth.

Fujifilm originally sought $40 million in damages and legal costs. However, as reported by Reuters, the US jury has awarded only a fraction of the original request.

Within the trial, which began on April 20, Motorola Mobility was able to prove that three of the patents being disputed -- the intellectual property relating to facial detection, resolution conversion and data transmission -- were invalid. However, the court agreed that Motorola Mobility did infringe on the patent related to color-monochrome image conversion.

Motorola Mobility was purchased from Google by Lenovo for $2.91 billion in 2014, a bargain in comparison to the $12.5 billion figure Google paid two years beforehand to acquire the smartphone and mobile unit. Google retained most of Motorola Mobility's patent portfolio under the terms of the deal, although Lenovo was granted the option to license patents.

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