Canon Settles Patent Case Amid Ethics Questions

Law360, New York (May 2, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Canon Inc. has settled a lawsuit brought by a five-employee Michigan company that has been racking up victories asserting patents covering digital camera technology against corporate titans over the past five years. But beneath the placid surface of the confidential settlement lurks a case fraught with alleged ethical lapses bordering on the bizarre.

“We’re extremely happy and feel vindicated,” said Thomas W. Baumgarten, Jr., Vice President and Corporate Secretary of Grosse Pointe-based St. Clair Intellectual Property Consultants Inc.

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