Caltech Targets Nokia, RIM Over Image Sensor Patents

Law360, New York (May 3, 2012, 12:37 PM EDT) -- The California Institute of Technology on Tuesday accused Nokia Corp., Research In Motion Ltd. and STMicroelectronics Inc. of importing products that allegedly rip off the school's patents on image sensing technology.

Caltech asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to launch an investigation into claims that semiconductor manufacturer STM made smartphone camera components that infringe the school's patented technology, then sold the parts to Nokia and RIM for use in Blackberry devices and other phones.

The complaint, filed under Section 337 of the Tariff Act, echoes a 2010 lawsuit filed by Caltech in federal court against Nokia, STM, Toshiba Corp. and others...

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