Yu et al. v. Apple and Samsung (Northern District of California)

Dan Johnson Law Group represents Yanbin Yu, Ph. D. and Zhongxuan Zhang, Ph. D., the inventors and owners of United States Patent No. 6,611,289, in separate patent infringement actions against Apple and Samsung.  Drs. Yu and Zhang invented pioneering digital camera technology that captures images using two separate image sensors and then enhances one image with the other.  This technology has been adopted by numerous smartphone manufacturers, including Apple and Samsung, to provide a variety of features that are highly desired by consumers, from creating bokeh effects that previously could only be achieved using large DSLR cameras, to providing advanced lighting effects, improving zoom performance, and even providing biometric security features.  Drs. Yu and Zhang were true visionaries, conceiving their approach to improving digital camera performance years before anyone else recognized the power of this technology.  The complaints seek enhanced damages from both Apple and Samsung because their own patent filings demonstrate that they knew about the ‘289 Patent and its relevance to Apple’s and Samsung’s own products, yet they both proceeded with the development and sale of their own products without ever attempting to contact Drs. Yu and Zhang to seek a license.