Court: Puerto Rico District Court
Judge: Aida M. Delgado-Colon
Canatelo filed a lawsuit against Canon on Feb 2013 asserting the claims covered in the US patents 7310111 and 6476858, both entitled ‘Video monitoring and security system’ were infringed. The patents were issued on Nov 05, 2002 and Dec 18, 2007 and expire[i] by Aug 12 2019. The patents are currently assigned[ii] to Canatelo (source: MaxVal’s Assignment Database).
The '111 patent covers a process in which a video camera detects motion, and then turns the video signal frames into JPEG photo format once motion is detected. The '858 patent claims the use of a computer inside a video camera to send out a notification email with the captured image(s). The complaint stated that the infringing product, CANON VB - H710F Full HD Fixed IP Security Camera performs a method of operating a video surveillance system as claimed in the above patents. Canatelo requested Court to order judgment in favor, permanent enjoinment from further infringement and money damages.
Canatelo subsequently filed a motion to dismiss the case, pursuant to which the Court rendered its final verdict on Aug 15th, ordering dismissal with prejudice, without imposition of costs and attorneys’ fees on the parties.
Suits were also filed against other video surveillance manufacturers Panasonic, LG, Pelco, Bosch, Samsung and Logitech, which are pending.
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[i] Expected expiration date. Patent Term Estimator is a free web-based tool that automatically calculates patent terms and expiration dates for U.S. utility patents.
[ii] MaxVal offers Patent Assignment Alert service where subscribers receive email alerts when assignments relating to target applications, patents or entities of interest are recorded.