In continuation of the numerous patent infringement lawsuits we’ve come across recently, a U.S. jury has now ordered Motorola Mobility to pay $10.2 million in damages to Fujifilm for infringing on its patents. The original lawsuit was filed in 2012 by Fujifilm claiming that Motorola was infringing on four of their patents.
The San Francisco jury claimed that Motorola violated a Fujifilm patent related to converting color images to monochrome in its smartphones. Out of the four patents, the jury ruled that three of those violations – two on face recognition and one on wifi-bluetooth were invalid.
In an email response to Reuters, Motorola’s spokesperson, William Moss said,
We are pleased with the verdict related to three out of the four patents and are evaluating our options on the one patent on which we did not prevail.
The patents were related to the functions like transferring data over Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other such wireless networks, along with some functions offered by Fujifilm’s digital camera.
Fujifilm sought $40 million in damages but the jury however ordered Motorola to pay $10.2 million, likely because Motorola proved three of the four allegations invalid.
In 2012, Google purchased Motorola for $12.5 billion, mainly due to the immense patent portfolio of the company. However, unable to reap much benefits out of the deal, Google sold off Motorola’s mobile division to Lenovo for just $2.91 billion, but kept the entire patent portfolio of the company with it.