Kodak Sues Apple for Using 'Stolen Technology' in its iPhone, iPad and iPod

Apple is facing a fresh legal battle over patent violation, this time from photographic equipment and services company Kodak.

The firm's lawyers argue that Apple should pay compensation to the struggling photographic giant for using technology relating to patents Kodak had filed back in 2007.

As Reuters reports, the know-how that is the object of this new dispute, allows users to send pictures from their mobile devices to other smartphones or tablets.

Apple is not the only company that makes use of Kodak's technology; other tech giants like LG, Motorola, Samsung and Nokia also do, the only difference being - they pay Kodak royalties for using its patented technology.

On the other hand, Research in Motion with its BlackBerry smartphones, is in the same boat as Apple and has faced the ire of Kodak's lawyers for refusing to make any payments. HTC Corp is another accused of free-riding Kodak's technology, with similar consequences: a patent lawsuit.

Laura G. Quatela, Kodak's president and COO, explained that the company has no intention of preventing any product from being sold. "Our primary interest is not to disrupt the availability of any product but to obtain fair compensation for the unauthorized use of our technology," she explained in a statement.