Cases & Deals

Nikon defends patent infringement claims in action involving communication between digital cameras and personal computers

Clients Nikon Corporation and Nikon Inc.

Jones Day is defending Nikon Corporation and Nikon Inc. against allegations that their digital cameras infringe patents owned by Papst Licensing GmbH & Co. KG ("Papst"), a German patent-holding company. The case is part of a multi-district litigation, in which Papst accused manufacturers of digital cameras of infringing four patents. The asserted patents relate to an interface device that facilitates high-speed data transfer between an input/output device and a host device without the need for specialized drivers. Papst accused of infringement more than 1000 digital cameras based on their ability to communicate with computers in either USB Mass Storage Class mode or USB Picture Transfer Protocol mode.

Because Papst failed to comply with Court Orders, the Court sanctioned Papst and barred it from advancing any arguments for infringement that were not explicitly set forth in its infringement contentions.

Papst Licensing GmbH & Co. KG v. Nikon Corporation, Nikon Americas Inc. and Nikon Inc., Civil Action Nos. 08-cv-2510 (N.D. Ill.); 15-499 (D. Del.); 07-493 (D.D.C.) (Judge Moss)

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