St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants Suing Apple Over Digital Camera Patent

Posted Dec 6, 2009

St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants has filed a lawsuit against Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) claiming that the iPhone company is violating one of their digital camera patents. The lawsuit was filed at the U.S. District Court in Delaware. The iPhone is supposedly violating four of their patents. St. Clair won a lawsuit against Sony in 2001, earning @25 million as part of the judgment. St. Clair also won $34 million from Canon over patent violations.

Ever since 2001, St. Clair has been on a lawsuit streak. The company also sued Samsung, Nokia, HP, Kodak, Panasonic, LG, Motorola, Palm, and Research In Motion. Many of these companies made a licensing agreement with St. Clair. St. Clair wants damage rewards and a jury trial with Apple according to The Loop.

This is additional bad news for Apple because a judge just ruled in favor of another company over patent violation earlier this week. Apple was asked to pay OPTi $21.7 million, but it is likely that they will appeal the case.