Sunday, November 28, 2010

Caltech Sues STMicro, SETi, Siliconfile, Toshiba, Nokia, LG, Pantech Over Camera Patents

Bloomberg: Nokia, LG and "chipmakers including STMicroelectronics" were sued by the California Institute of Technology, which said the companies’ mobile phones and components infringe its patents.

Caltech lists nine patents on camera technology that Nokia, LG and Pantech phones allegedly infringe. Also named in the Nov. 24 complaint were SETi, Siliconfile and Toshiba.

The case is California Institute of Technology vs. STMicroelectronics, 10-9099, U.S. District Court, Central District of California (Los Angeles).

Two years ago Caltech sued few camera companies on CMOS sensor patents. Some of them settled the issue with Caltech, some others denied the infringement.

9 comments:

  1. someone has the patent list, please?

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  2. I heard that ALL parties settled with Caltech, not just some.

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  3. It will be good for the community if STM fights it. The main purpose for universities to file IP is make sure that the technology is cared for, not to make money. STM has some of its roots with vvl who was working on these sensors during the same time as jpl and caltech.

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  4. "The main purpose for universities to file IP is make sure that the technology is cared for, not to make money"

    That is ridiculous. It is expensive to file IP and the only reason to do so is to earn revenue from licensing for the university. Every university does this. If a company does not license the IP the university has to sue to get the money.

    The good thing is that usually universities don't charge a lot and the money goes to education, not to making a competitor stronger.

    VVL did not do active pixels until later. Their contemporary first products were passive pixels. Omnivision also started with passive pixels when they were just copying VVL.

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  5. Omnivision was selling the active pixel before anyone else. What about Omnivision and Caltech? Any settlement?

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  6. Photobit filed a complaint against Omnivision in the (US) ITC in maybe 2000. The complaint was settled favorably for Photobit a few months prior to the Micron acquisition in 2001.

    Photobit was selling CMOS APS before anyone else, but soon VVL, Omnivision and Toshiba were in the CMOS APS game.

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  7. If you settle with Photobit, are you settled with Caltech?

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  8. "Anonymous said...

    someone has the patent list, please?"

    There is a link in the original post that gives a list. Click on, "Caltech sued few camera companies," in the original post.

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  9. @ If you settle with Photobit, are you settled with Caltech?

    It depends on a lot of factors, but in general, no.

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