ST Imaging, a provider of digital microfilm and book scanning technology, said it has filed inter parties review (IPR) proceedings with the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the US Patent and Trademark Office against two patents owned by e-Image Data.
The patents relate to digital microform imaging apparatuses.
Bruce Rennecker, Vice President of ST Imaging, said: “The technology behind microform reader/printers and scanners, including ST Imaging’s universal carrier, has been known for decades.
“The basic idea of viewing a microform document using a light source, bent by a mirror and viewed through a lens is nothing new in this industry.
“The natural progression into digital capture occurred in the 1980’s and many products had the ability to capture microform documents using an image sensor to produce an image on a monitor.”
ST Imaging said that in May, 2016, e-Image Data initiated a lawsuit against ST Imaging alleging that the ST ViewScan line of scanners infringed the two patents.
ST Imaging said it filed non-infringement and invalidity counterclaims against e-Image Data in June, 2016.