Thursday, May 12, 2011

Fuji Film Corp. wins infringement battle

Fujifilm Corporation has won a long drawn patent infringement suit against St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants Inc. St. Clair first filed the suit against Fujifilm on February 28, 2002 in the Federal District Court in Delaware. St. Clair claimed that four of their United States patents were infringed by Fujifilms digital cameras.
The District Court vide a jury verdict held that all the patents were infringed by Fujifilm.
Aggrieved by the verdict of the District Court ,Fujifilm appealed to the Federal Circuit against the District Courts verdict requesting them to reverse the verdict. Meanwhile, St. Clair filed another suit against Fujifilm Corporation for damage to sales for the same patents for a period of seven years.
Finally, in January, 2011 a decision was reached by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeal that acknowledged Fujifilms claim that the District Court had erroneously interpreted the patents owned by St. Clair.
In March , 2011 the Federal Circuit turned down a petition from St. Clair for rehearing the matter and directed the District Court to pass a judgment in favour of Fujifilm.
In the past Fujifilm has been among the top 20 companies in the world to be granted United States Patents.