St. Clair IP Consultants uses patents to extract money from digital camera industry

patentsSt. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants holds patents on Digital Camera Technology, which have proven to be a thorn in the side of the digital camera industry.  Abstract of their claim:

A digital camera for taking pictures and storing them in a removable storage device in the camera, said digital camera apparatus comprising: an image pick-up unit for generating and outputting a digital image signal photoelectrically converted from an image incident thereon, and a digital control unit for formatting said digital image signal in one of a plurality of computer formats

Some history of litigation:

St. Clair cites a long list of prior and ongoing legal action against a wide range of companies including RIM, Polaroid, Verizon, Sanyo, Palm, Motorola, LG, Sprint, BenQ and Sprint, among others. Many of the targeted companies, such as LG and Samsung, have opted to negotiate licensing terms.

Check out the patents themselves 6233010, 4758883, 5016107, 5034804, 5153730 We obviously like their invention, but have mixed feelings about firms that exist solely to enforce IP.  We look forward to these patents expiring so that the industry is not shackled by their existence.

Read the article in electronista: Apple sued over infringement of camera tech patents

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