Kodak sues the makers of iPhone and Blackberry over patents

Posted Jan 15, 2010 by Gemma Fox
The makers of iPhone and Blackberry smartphones find themselves being sued by camera maker giant Kodak over the use of picturing previewing patented technology.
Apple, the maker of the iPhone and Research in Motion (RIM) the maker of Blackberry are being sued by Kodak over the use of the camera makers photo preview technology which it alleges they used in their handsets. Kodak, who have filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission (ITC), say the use of the technology infringes their patents.
Kodak has requested that the ITC to prevent both firms from shipping the phones and have asked for an undisclosed amount of money for damages.
Laura Quatela, Kodak's chief intellectual property officer said, "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. In light of that, we are taking this action to ensure that we protect the interests of our shareholders and the existing licensees of our technology."
In this case both Apple and RIM declined to comment.
It's not the first time that Kodak's picture previewing technology has been at the centre of a dispute.
Samsung found itself under scrutiny after an ITC judge decided on 17 December 2009 that they had infringed Kodak's patent.
Sun Microsystems also found themselves in court where a federal jury found that they had infringed on a Kodak patent with their Java programming. Later Sun agreed to pay Kodak for the license of the patent at issue.
Apple is currently in the middle of a court case with phone giant Nokia who claim that Apple infringed 10 patents relating to wireless technology. That was in October.
Apple retaliated in December with a counter-lawsuit saying that Nokia copied their technology.
In a further twist to that tale, Nokia returned fire by launching legal action and complaining to the ITC that Apple infringed patents on "virtually all" of its products.