Fujifilm sued Motorola in 2012, accusing the company of infringing three of its patents on digital camera functions and a fourth patent relating to transmitting data over a wireless connection such as Bluetooth.
The damages the jury ordered was much less than the $40 million Fujifilm sought while going into the trial, but still better than a poke in the eye with a short stick.
Motorola which is now part of Lenovo, proved that three of the disputed patents – two on face recognition and one on wifi-bluetooth were invalid. Motorola failed to prevail on a patent related to converting colour images to monochrome.
“We are pleased with the verdict related to three out of the four patents and are evaluating our options on the one patent on which we did not prevail,” Motorola spokesman William Moss said in an email.
A spokeswoman for Fujifilm did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Motorola argued that the Fujifilm patents should be cancelled because they were not actually new or they were obvious compared to previously patented inventions. The company also argued it already held a licence to Bluetooth technology.