Nikon Wins 1.5 Billion Yen in Lawsuit Against Sigma Over VR Patent Infringment
Seems like every week there is some new lawsuit being levied or being won with regards to the photo industry. This week, we have the results of a lawsuit that we first told you about just over a year ago in which Nikon was suing Sigma over its VR technology.
In case you need a quick refresher, Nikon took Sigma to court over the image stabilization technology in 6 of Sigma’s lenses. Nikon has patents protecting its VR (Vibration Reduction) technology and they determined that Sigma’s Optical Stabilization (OS) was infringing on their patent. Initially, they tried to negotiate a deal, but were unable to come to terms with Sigma, so they opted to sue.
Well, the verdict has come in and a Tokyo District Court has ordered Sigma to pay Nikon $1.5 Billion Yen (roughly $14.5 million dollars). While this may seem like a big loss to Sigma, they actually got off pretty easy when you see that Nikon originally asked for 12 Billion Yen (roughly $116 million dollars).
What do you think of the award Nikon received? Is Nikon in the right for defending their tech or is this just a case of Nikon bullying Sigma? Share your comments below to join the discussion.
[via Nikon Rumors]