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Kodak Sues Apple Over Imaging Patents

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Reeling from an 88% drop in its stock value last year, Kodak is looking to its expansive patent library as a source of recovery cash to mount a comeback.  Today, the 131-year-old imaging company sued Apple and HTC over imaging patents while, yesterday, Apple’s stock hit an all-time high.

FOSS Patents lays out the particular patents Kodak says Apple is violating:

  • U.S. Patent No. 7,210,161 on “automatically transmitting images from an electronic camera to a service provider using a network configuration file”
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,742,084 on a “network configuration file for automatically transmitting images from an electronic still camera”
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,453,605 on “capturing digital images to be transferred to an e-mail address”
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,936,391 on a “digital camera with communications interface for selectively transmitting images over a cellular phone network and a wireless LAN network to a destination”

The claim targets the Fourth Generation iPod touch, the iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4 as well as the iPhone 4S. And don’t forget the iPad 2! In Kodak’s statement, Laura Quatela, Kodak’s Chief Operating Officer, said:

“Our primary interest is not to disrupt the availability of any product but to obtain fair compensation for the unauthorized use of our technology.’

“We’ve had numerous discussions with both companies in an attempt to resolve this issue, and we have not been able to reach a satisfactory agreement.”

Do you feel that Kodak is entitled to a share of revenues from the successful iOS devices?

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  • Areyouserious

    Absolutely. In light of all this patent stuff — if you own the right, you own the right….

    The world shouldn’t have created the concept of “patents” if we don’t plan to stick to upholding their purpose.

  • I agree they should get a share, have apple buy them that would be better. Oh and I would like a share please lol

  • Anonymous

    Kodak will be bankrupt before they see their day in court.

  • Daniel Lee

    I have patented “Areyouserious” you can’t use that name anymore, I am going to sue you …

    Patents are lame and just restrict growth.

  • Anonymous

    They deserve as much of a share as Apple does from Samsung et al. All of this patent stuff has NO limit. Companies like VIA, Intel, Microsoft etc all have shit loads of patents they could use to sue everyone with. Honestly it would be an endless back and forth waste of the courts time. We need an overhaul of the patent system, these patent wars are evidence of that.

  • Anonymous

    Kodak is desperate for any type of revenue. It has been reported that they will be filing for bankruptcy within the next few months.

  • TheHutch

    Interesting article, my real question is why now? Other than of course Kodak’s business is in trouble and the fact that they haven’t kept up with the times. Really when you think about it though the devices named have been out for a while. Don’t you think if they were really worried about their technology patents that they would have come after Apple sooner. 

    Just my $0.02.

  • Anonymous

    Patents are not lame. They have a purpose. If you invented something, and then a huge company saw it, stole your idea and did the exact same thing putting you out of business how would you like it. The problem is, companies have learned how to the abuse the system to their advantage. Once again, the lawyers gets rich in the end….

  • Urdumb

    Now that Apple stock is at an all time high, it would be stupid not to.

  • Gw

    You can’t patent a name.  You mean you want to trademark “Areyouserious”.

    A patent requires some kind of invention.

  • steve

    Maybe Kodak should ask for a ban of all Iphone 3, 3GS, 4, and 4s for sale in America. That’s the same thing Apple tried to do to Samsung

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