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Kodak sues RIM, Apple

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 14 Jan 2010 20:58 User comments (4)

Kodak sues RIM, Apple Eastman Kodak has said today it is suing RIM and Apple for patent violations relating to the cameras used in BlackBerrys and the iPhone.
The complaint was filed with the International Trade Commission and alleges that the smartphones infringe on Kodak patents "covering technology for previewing photos."

Kodak is asking for an injunction on the import of phones sold by both companies. The company is also seeking unspecified monetary damages, and the end of the use of the technologies.

RIM and Apple declined comment but it is not as if sales of the popular devices are in immediate trouble. Patent disputes sometimes take up to 10 years, however ITC complaints usually take only 15 months.

"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," added Laura Quatela, Kodak's chief intellectual property officer. "Our primary interest is not to disrupt the availability of any product but to obtain fair compensation for the use of our technology."

Kodak currently has 1100 patents relating to digital photography technologies and licenses them to over 30 companies.

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4 user comments

115.1.2010 9:11

That's what you get when you copy someone's product and hope they won't notice, lol

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215.1.2010 12:25

1100 patents on digital photography? Damn, that's a Kodak moment right there!

315.1.2010 23:17

Kodak has to make money some way.

This message has been edited since its posting. Latest edit was made on 15 Jan 2010 @ 23:18

416.1.2010 3:19

And here I thought it was just a coincidence that the iPhone and Blackberry cameras were as terrible as a Kodak...

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