Smartphone Camera Systems At Issue in Suits Brought by Named Inventors

October 16, 2018

Individual inventors Yanbin Yu and Zhongxuan Zhang have launched a campaign over a single digital camera patent, suing Apple (3:18-cv-06181) and Samsung (3:18-cv-06339), both in the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs target the provision of smartphones with dual-camera systems: for Apple, the rear camera systems of the iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max, with the X, XS, and XS Max also accused of infringement through their front TrueDepth cameras; and for Samsung, the Galaxy Note 8, Galaxy S9+, and Galaxy Note 9. In the new complaints, Yu and Zhang allege that the defendants learned of the patent-in-suit, at least in part, through the prosecution of their own applications concerning similar technologies before the USPTO.

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