Eastman Kodak Names Apple, RIM in Patent Complaints

Lora Bentley

Every time I turn around someone is suing Apple for something. For the longest time it was the infamous Mac Clone maker Psystar, which sued the Cupertino, Calif., company for abusing its copyrights by refusing to allow its software to be installed on anything but Apple hardware. The small, Florida-based startup failed miserably at that, and the court also found against it on Apple's counterclaim for copyright infringement.


Then, of course, there's the ongoing patent infringement suit brought by Nokia concerning technology used in Apple's iPhone and several other products.


Now, Eastman Kodak is suing both Apple and Research in Motion for infringing patents it holds on digital imaging technology. ZDNet reported Thursday that the company is making its claims in two separate forums. Kodak filed claims with the International Trade Commission arguing that Apple's iPhone and RIM's BlackBerry infringe its patents on image preview technology. At the same time, the company filed suits against Apple in a U.S. district court, arguing that the iPhone infringes patents on "digital cameras and computer processes."


A company statement indicates Kodak has tried "for years" to resolve the issues with both Apple and RIM without resorting to litigation. Apparently, other wireless handset makers license the technology that they use in their cameras from Kodak.

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Jan 17, 2010 8:00 AM Journal of Corporation Law Journal of Corporation Law  says:

The Journal of Corporation Law recommends the following related article:

Laura A. Heymann, A Tale of (at least) Two Authors: Focusing Copyright Law on Process over Product, 34 J. Corp. L. 1009

Available in downloadable PDF form at: http://www.law.uiowa.edu/journals/jcl/pastissues.php


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