Apple Being Sued for iPhone Infringing Four Digital Camera Patents


Apple is no stranger to lawsuits, and today is no exception as St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants have slapped them with a lawsuit that claims the iPhone infringes upon four of their digital camera patents that St. Clair currently holds. The four include the ‘459, ‘219, ‘010 and ‘899 patents.

  • 459: Take image contained within lens and store in some type of memory.
  • 219: Display the picture that will be taken in some type of display window.
  • 010: Push button in order to capture image.
  • 899: Make images contained within some type of memory and make them viewable in some sort of digital camera roll.

St. Clair is a veteran of suing over patent infringements as they successfully squeezed 25 million out of Sony back in 2001 and in 2003 they sued Canon and were awarded $34 million in damages. They also have gone after companies such as Fuji, Kyocera, Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Casio, Samsung, Panasonic, Nokia, HP, Kodak, LG, Motorola, RIM, Palm, and various others.



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Apple Being Sued for iPhone Infringing Four Digital Camera Patents

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010: Push button in order to capture image.

You got to be F'n kidding me. How did a patent get awarded for this?? That's like issuing a patent for flipping a switch to turn on a light. Patent system is a joke.

That sounds crazy - how can you patent such things? Can you patent crossing the road as a means of getting to the other side?

Reading those four patent descriptions, it looks like St Clair basically owns digital photography as a whole. There isn't a digital camera in existance that doesn't use those four descriptions to take and/or display photos. Why has it taken almost 3 years to catch up with apple?

I hate patent squatters. you'd think there should be a usage clause attached to patents. meaning you have a certain amount of years to use, or license your idea or the patent until you lose the exclusive rights to that patent. This is ridiculous.

Those are 4 amazing patents. How can patents like that ever get awarded?
010: Push button in order to capture image.
That is just a joke, is there any other way of taking a picture without first pushing a button? Maybe the next iPhone will have to read your mind so it knows when you want to take the there's an idea...

Your not even pressing a physical button, your touching the screen lol Those patents are a joke. Why only attack Apple and not Kodak or Sony?

uuhhh hellooooo isn't that how cameras work in the first damn place.. Tards go find some other way to make money.

Everyone including Apple should stop filing Patents. There, problem solved... no more suing (including on Apple's side)

"010: Push button in order to capture image."
I found a flaw in this lawsuit already! Apple's Ipods and Iphones you don't push a button to take a pic! You touch the screen that has an eletronic looking button. It's not a real button ;)

Why is it that if I use a swear word, or challenge someones view with politically incorrect attacks my comment is deleted from the forum, yet Adam can make an incredibly horrible, scum of the earth racial remark, and his post is still visible?

all of these can be applied to analog cameras, excepting the word "digital" in "digital camera roll".

This is so stupid...... They have to stop hateing on apple... There trying to bring apple but apple is number one in the USA!!!!

I don't think he read the article. :|
But on the the subject, those are some ridiculous ass patents. Wow!

Can I sue St Clair? The camera is the worst thing about the iPhone. Did they actually invent these things or just patent them first. They sound like a bunch of domain (patent) squatters.

I am going to patent some way to push a button to put some character onto a screen.
And then I will sue everyone on the Internet.

Geez, all we have to do is pattent some nebulous non-defined process, sit back with no intention of ever comming up with and selling a product, then sot back and wait to sue people.
I think I see a problem with the whole pattent process here.

Is this another case of Apple assuming that the camera manufacturers paid all the royalties needing paying as they did with the Nokia Patents?

This reminds me of Mobigame's EDGE vs. The Edge. This whole system is whack. No let me rephrase that. That kind of people are whack!

what kind of business is that??? Submit patterns and sue companies for using them? Now, that's just pathetic.

25 million, 34 million... a drop in the bucket. Apple will just have to cut back on their annual Christmas Party decorations, that's all. ;)

Technically, there is no physical button one presses in order to take the picture on the i phone. So "patent 0010" should be disregarded. But other than that Apple better pay up.

It's obvious that this is completely ridiculous, but the law is the law. Unfortunately, I suspect that changing the law is not so simple. There is are far too many incentives for lawmakers NOT to change the law, namely, money.

I just submitted a patent for a way to make money by patenting commonsense ideas then suing people for using them.

Wow thoses are 4 the most dumbest sews I ever heard of. Doses that mean Blackberry, HTC, and everone else is getting sued eswell?

010: Push button in order to capture image.
Actually you touch the screen to capture the image on the iPhone. Mothersucker Suck Off!

"push a button"? lol i dont think so we touch an image of a camera not a "button" so really only three patents haha

wow all four of those patents are just stupid to have been awarded... admittedly apple has a few that are dumb too imho but c'mon... this kind of generality is what hinders progress, not really protecting anyone but idiots who can't figure out how to make a good enough product and keep updating it enough to ensure their own profit.

SMH @ Patent 010...
But i guess apple should of gave the royalty to the company from the get...
Sometimes I wonder why companies sue this late...the iphone is in the 3rd generation and they decide to sew now ? Don't tell me they could of just count out about the iphone yesterday ...

I am going to patent: to push some kind of button to put some kind of input in some kind of display. Can i patent breathing too?

I don't think the patent only says just what is paraphrased above. However if all of the above company have had to pay then so does apple. If ALL of those companies have not had to pay then apple should not be subject these frivolous lawsuits. As far as the time frame, maybe it took that long to get to court? It would be a civil suit correct? Anyways it is all bullmalarky

Have you guys ever heard of Gemstar? Now there's a company that just makes millions on really trivial patents. Btw it's standard practice to wait a few years before sueing, that way the cash haul is huge, it's based on each phone sold and a percentage of the price, so if they win it will be much more than 34 million, based on iPhone sales

I wish that I had patented the act of flicking a switch, pushing a button, and/or speaking... In other words, these patents are absurd.

LOL You are either a serious moron or just plain stupid if you believe Obama has anything to do with Laws that have been in place for more than 20 YEARS!

I making a patent... It is "have feelings and/or emotions because of someone/something else". It supposed to get approoved today. Lol

besides, you don't "push" a button (even virtual button) to capture the picture on the iPhone, you "Release" the button (lift finger) to capture the picture. so that one should be shot down immediately...

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