Fujifilm vs Motorola in violating patents on camera and phone
There doesn’t seem to be a day goes by in the mobile world at the moment when we don’t hear news of one major company suing another major company. Sure enough true to form we now have news of further litigation issues in Fujifilm vs Motorola, concerning the violation of patents on cameras and phones.
This time around Japanese company Fujifilm is taking on Google subsidiary Motorola Mobility claiming that Motorola has violated four camera and phone technology patents. What makes this particularly interesting is that these are extremely broad patents concerning real basics such as “transmitting data outside of a cellular network.” It appears that as far as Fujifilm is concerned the Motorola RAZR MAXX and Xyboard lines are among the main offenders.
A report on Engadget, sourced from Foss Patents, tells how Fujifilm has been attempting to establish a licensing deal since April of 2011 but has not got very far with it. Fujifilm is now claiming that Motorola products both before and after that time are involved in the patent issues but as it’s very early days it’s difficult to ascertain how much of a case Fujifilm may have. Foss Patents makes the point that the patents concerned are so broad that during the course of litigation they may be narrowed down or entirely invalidated.
This case makes Fujifilm the eighth multi-billion dollar market capitalization company to claim against Android in court in a bid to assert intellectual property rights, something that Foss Patents looks into in detail so you may want to check out more on that at the earlier Foss Patents link.
We’d like to know how you feel about the amount of ongoing litigation in the mobile world at present? Can there possibly be a way that this constant activity could be avoided or is this just part and parcel of the mobile industry? Let us know with your comments.