MDL Created For Photo-Printing Patent Suits

Law360, New York (April 11, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A patent suit filed by an Acacia Research Corp. subsidiary against several camera manufacturers has been consolidated with four countersuits into a single case for pretrial proceedings.

The U.S. Panel for Multidistrict Litigation decided Thursday that the five cases should be heard in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.

The consolidated case includes the original patent infringement suit filed by Acacia subsidiary Screentone Systems Corp. against Eastman Kodak and countersuits by the defendants challenging the validity of the patent at issue.

The panel...
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