Kodak Accuses RIM, Apple Of Patent Theft

Kodak has filed a legal suit against the BlackBerry-maker, Research In Motion and Apple, accusing the companies of infringing on patents it held in the digital imaging sector.

The leader in the photographic domains has filed a lawsuit in the Western District of New York against the two popular smartphone makers, in addition to an extra lawsuit against Apple, claiming that the companies have illicitly used the digital imaging technology patented by Eastman Kodak.

In its complaint, Kodak asked the International Trade Commission to issue a “limited exclusion order”, which would stop RIM and Apple from importing the devices that violated its patents.

The legal tussle hovers around a digital system for showcasing preview of images that have been captured using a digital camera, which Kodak clams it has patented, whereas the second lawsuit against Apple includes the interaction between a digital camera and the software on PC.

However, the company asserted that it wasn’t seeking to stop the sales of iPhone and BlackBerry handsets, which are among the world’s bestselling smartphones, but instead it looked for “fair compensation”.

Along the same line, Laura G. Quatela, chief intellectual officer for Eastman Kodak, 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”.

Our Comments

Now that these smartphones have been well established, Kodak is acting like a patent troll and rather than trying to stop them from selling, will be asking them for a licence to print money. Let see whether Apple, which is currently facing another lawsuit, will bulge.

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