Kodak has announced that they have filed suit against Apple and Research in Motion(RIM) for alleged patent infringements regarding digital cameras. The Kodak complaint, filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), specifically claims that Apple’s iPhones and RIM’s camera-enabled BlackBerry devices infringe a Kodak patent that covers technology related to a method for previewing […]
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Kodak Files Suit Against Apple and RIM Over Digital Cameral Patent Infringment

logo_Kodak_logo-NEW-RGB.jpgKodak has announced that they have filed suit against Apple and Research in Motion(RIM) for alleged patent infringements regarding digital cameras.

The Kodak complaint, filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), specifically claims that Apple’s iPhones and RIM’s camera-enabled BlackBerry devices infringe a Kodak patent that covers technology related to a method for previewing images. Separately, Kodak filed two suits today against Apple in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York that claim the infringement of patents related to digital cameras and certain computer processes.

Kodak invented the digital camera in 1975, and they claim they are only seeking what they consider appropriate compensation for claimed intellectual property. Kodak also claims they have attempted to work with both RIM and Apple, but haven’t been able to come to an agreement.

“In the case of Apple and RIM, we’ve had discussions for years with both companies in an attempt to resolve this issue amicably, and we have not been able to reach a satisfactory agreement. In light of that, we are taking this action to ensure that we protect the interests of our shareholders and the existing licensees of our technology.

“Our primary interest is not to disrupt the availability of any product but to obtain fair compensation for the use of our technology,” Quatela said. “There’s a basic issue of fairness that needs to be addressed. Those devices use Kodak technology, and we are merely seeking compensation for the use of our technology in their products.”

Another suit worth mentioning at this time, is Apple’s ongoing legal battle with Nokia, wherein Nokia is claiming Apple has used their intellectual property without proper compensation or approval.

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