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  • Apple Gets Sued by St. Clair: "Infringes" on Four Ridiculous Digital Camera Patents


    It appears that nothing changes over at Apple Legal. Yet again they are being sued, this time by a company called St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants. They claim that Apple's iPhone infringes on four digital camera patents that the company 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.
    While I am no legal expert, these patents sound utterly stupid to me. I mean, isn't this what every digital camera does. What I don't understand is how these even become patents in the first place. You'd think that something like this could be used against any number of digital photography products.

    It appears St. Clair has been playing this game of patent infringement lawsuit for quite some time. In 2001, it sued Sony for infringing these same patents and won a $25 million judgement against the company. In 2003, it sued Canon and was awarded $34 million in damages. This just absolutely blows my mind. Not only are they playing this ridiculous game, they are actually winning! WTF!?

    Since they've decided to play this game, St. Clair has filed suit against every major camera maker in the entire world including Fuji, Minolta, Kyocera, Nikon, Casio and Olympus. It also filed lawsuits against Samsung, Nokia, Panasonic, LG, Kodak, HP, Motorola, RIM and Palm, and the list goes on.

    I don't know about you, but I'm getting really tired of this crap. This company can't even make it on it's own without stabbing every single company in the back and taking their moola.


    Here is a list of St Clair Intellectual Property - Justia Federal District Court Filings and Dockets



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    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Gets Sued Yet Again: Infringing Four Digital Camera Patents started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 49 Comments
    1. Raptors's Avatar
      Raptors -
      wow this can be interesting!
      No again apple

      (the only reason im commenting is so some retard doesnt say "FIRST" lol
    1. gthugballin's Avatar
      gthugballin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Raptors View Post
      wow this can be interesting!
      No again apple

      (the only reason im commenting is so some retard doesnt say "FIRST" lol
      second
    1. Nick Hesson's Avatar
      Nick Hesson -
      Quote Originally Posted by Raptors View Post
      wow this can be interesting!
      No again apple

      (the only reason im commenting is so some retard doesnt say "FIRST" lol
      haha well played.

      Im furious about this St. Clair company. These guys sound like thieving jerks! I mean come on. those patents are ridiculous.
    1. SourAppleFan's Avatar
      SourAppleFan -
      I'm assuming that they're going to start suing Webcam makers next, seeing that they also do still images as well as video. They're going to make a lot of money, too bad I didn't make a patten on some sort of lever that moves ~1 gallon of water through a ceramic/porcelain bowl to move excrements through a tubing system!!
    1. gthugballin's Avatar
      gthugballin -
      Quote Originally Posted by nickhesson View Post
      haha well played.

      Im furious about this St. Clair company. These guys sound like thieving jerks! I mean come on. those patents are ridiculous.
      I agree, whats anyone supposed to store a picture on...and how are they going to take a picture without pressing a button....of course apple could say you "tap" a button instead of press lol...thus getting out of that one.
    1. jayson9's Avatar
      jayson9 -
      Things just keep looking up for the ol' Apple!

      Hey does anybody think AT&T could get dragged into the lawsuit? That would be hella cool!
    1. matthew1111's Avatar
      matthew1111 -
      St.Clair is a bunch of a**Holes...I hope they get shut down.
    1. draemn's Avatar
      draemn -
      I bet their business isn't actually in making a unique product, but instead they make their money off of patents. Wait, maybe they'll soon get sued by IBM! Yeah, IBM filed for a patent that patents the idea of making patents to make money (i.e. you get a patent just to sue other companies for patent infringement). What a load of ******** the whole patent industry is becoming. Most of the individuals who have good ideas and patent them don't ever win their case when they find someone using their idea, and yet people who make retarded patents like this win??? Wow I sure hope the supreme court makes a decision on patents that will take out some of the stupidity.
    1. crzyital7404's Avatar
      crzyital7404 -
      wow, time to start patenting a ton of stupid crap and get rich off it..lol
    1. aekhamsouk's Avatar
      aekhamsouk -
      Quote Originally Posted by Raptors View Post
      wow this can be interesting!
      No again apple

      (the only reason im commenting is so some retard doesnt say "FIRST" lol

      that way, you can passively say it, right?
    1. adsonjustin's Avatar
      adsonjustin -
      interesting...
    1. DarkLoki's Avatar
      DarkLoki -
      Probably a company that puts out a lot of patents, and when something sounds like theirs they sue.
    1. yahoowizard's Avatar
      yahoowizard -
      I don't see what they did wrong. I mean, it seems they came up with a lot of the ideas of the digital camera and patented it, meaning that no one else could use it without their permission. Now that they did use it, they're suing the companies after they've made some money. Yes, it's true that every digital camera uses it, but it seems all of them are violating the patent which is wrong since they own them. We just don't see this as a crime to break the patent since it's so normal for a camera to do all these things, but it's only because that it's been a lot of years.
    1. FoneWeasel's Avatar
      FoneWeasel -
      Time to start filing a patent for every idea that comes to mind and suing people like crazy.
    1. 1shuttle1's Avatar
      1shuttle1 -
      Putting someone elses idea in your hardware and then getting sued by them. Sounds familiar. (PLYSTAR) Apple what goes around comes around.
    1. psychodave's Avatar
      psychodave -
      Maybe I should file a patent on how to file patents on stupid stuff and use that to sue big companies and then I can turn around and sue these idiots that sue for this stupid **** for a living.
    1. awesomeSlayer's Avatar
      awesomeSlayer -
      Bull****! The company wants money! I wish that company can go to ****!!
    1. MetallicaFan1991's Avatar
      MetallicaFan1991 -
      Second is the new first lol

      All these companies suing are obviously jealous of Apple!!!
    1. b3nny's Avatar
      b3nny -
      when i read the patents i lolled