U.S. News | Cedar Lane Technologies Sues Panasonic over Camera Features

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Cedar Lane Technologies has filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against Panasonic for patent infringement over features in three of its camera models.

Cedar Lane Technologies alleges that it owns the three patents which have been registered with U.S. numbers 6,516,147; 7,733,368; and 8,073,250. 

According to the lawsuit, the “147” patent covers a screen recognition method and system using brightness and ranging mapping. The “368” patent covers technology related to virtual reality cameras while the “250” patent covers a method and system from removing red eyes. 

Cedar Lane reportedly said that the sale and manufacture of Panasonic’s “Lumix GX880” and “Lumix DMC-GH2” camera models infringes the “147” patent while Cedar the Panasonic’s DMC-FZ100 model infringes both the “368” and “250” patent.

The plaintiff reportedly said that Panasonic was well informed of the infringement on the three camera models but continues to manufacturer and import the models into the U.S.

Cedar argues that Panasonic was also responsible for contributory infringement as the defendant intentionally contribute to their own customer’s infringement through the sale of its cameras.

Cedar Lane asked the court for a declaratory judgment that its patents are valid and enforceable.

The case is ongoing.

Cedar Lane Technologies Inc. v. Panasonic Corporation of North America

Judge:Rodney Gilstrap
Court:Michigan Western District Court
Case #:2:19-cv-00241
Nature of Suit:Patent
Cause:Patent Infringement
Case Filed: Jul 05, 2019
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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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