Kodak Alleges Patent Infringement by Apple and RIM
Eastman Kodak Company said it has filed lawsuits against Apple and Research In Motion Limited (RIM) alleging the infringement of Kodak digital imaging technology.
Filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), the complaint specifically claims that Apple’s iPhones and RIM’s camera-enabled BlackBerry devices infringe a Kodak patent that covers technology related to a method for previewing images. Separately, Kodak filed two suits Thursday against Apple in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York that claim the infringement of patents related to digital cameras and certain computer processes.
“In the case of Apple and RIM, 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,” said in a prepared statement.