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Kodak Files New Patent Infringement Lawsuits Against Apple and HTC

With Kodak on the brink of filing for bankruptcy as it pursues an auction of its patent portfolio in order to remain solvent, the company today announced that it has filed two new lawsuits alleging patent infringement by Apple and HTC.
A complaint filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) specifically claims that certain of Apple’s iPhones, iPads, and iPods, and certain of HTC’s smartphones and tablets infringe Kodak patents that relate to technology for transmitting images. Kodak also alleges that certain of HTC’s smartphones infringe a patent that covers technology related to a method for previewing images which is already the subject of pending actions against Apple. Separately, Kodak filed suits today against Apple and HTC in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York alleging the same infringement.

“As we have stated before, Kodak is the leader in digital imaging innovation and we have invested hundreds of millions of dollars creating our pioneering patent portfolio,” said Laura G. Quatela, President and Chief Operating Officer, Eastman Kodak Company. “We’ve had numerous discussions with both companies in an attempt to resolve this issue, and we have not been able to reach a satisfactory agreement."
The four patents being asserted against Apple include:
- U.S. Patent No. 7,210,161 – “Automatically Transmitting Images from an Electronic Camera to a Service Provider Using a Network Configuration File”
- U.S. Patent No. 7,742,084 – “Network Configuration File for Automatically Transmitting Images from an Electronic Still Camera”
- U.S. Patent No. 7,453,605 – “Capturing Digital Images to be Transferred to an E-Mail Address”
- U.S. Patent No. 7,936,391 – “Digital Camera with Communications Interface for Selectively Transmitting Images over a Cellular Phone Network and a Wireless LAN Network to a Destination”
A fifth patent is being asserted only against HTC.

Kodak first filed a patent infringement suit against Apple in January 2010, also targeting Research in Motion in the same effort. Apple filed a countersuit a few months later in an effort to bolster its position against Kodak.

With the new lawsuits coming just as Kodak is attempting to stave off bankruptcy, the company appears to be attempting to demonstrate strength in its patent portfolio as it hopes to attract higher bids for its intellectual property. Even if the company is unable to avoid bankruptcy, its patent portfolio is likely to be one of the key assets to be sold off in a court-ordered auction following the bankruptcy filing.

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Posted: 35 months ago

Buyout Bait. For years now.

Get what you can, Kodak. Best of luck.


Sometimes I swear you're just a "bot" based on your predictable and fortune cookie responses.
Rating: 14 Votes
Posted: 35 months ago
Buyout Bait. For years now.

Get what you can, Kodak. Best of luck.
Rating: 11 Votes
Posted: 35 months ago

Buyout Bait. For years now.

Get what you can, Kodak. Best of luck.


There is ZERO difference between what Kodak is doing and what Apple is doing when it comes to IP lawsuits.
Rating: 9 Votes
Posted: 35 months ago

What other response could there be?

Kodak is on the verge of bankruptcy, and in any case they're angling for some extra value (based on patents) before a possible buyout.


Sorry - whether or not they are going to be bought or whatever - should they not protect their patents just like you assert Apple should protect theirs. You are always one to point out that Apple SHOULD be protecting their IP. Yet Kodak shouldn't? Sorry - doesn't compute.
Rating: 8 Votes
Posted: 35 months ago
Kodak is such a sad case. Here is a company that practically invented digital photography, but instead of bringing it to consumers, tried to milk the "film-based photography" for as long as possible. Why? Because they believed their "customers" were the drug stores that ran the film developing and they knew that digital photography would upset their best "customers".

Instead Kodak did nothing in digital for years, completely missed the digital revolution, and now is finally coming across some patents they owned from way back when which they never asserted and trying to go after companies that were actually smart enough to come up with the same things on their own.

Many of their patents fall in the "obvious" realm and simply need to be challenged and invalidated. The rest of their patents should be purchased and donated to the public domain. Let Kodak go out of business and pay off whatever they can to their creditors.

Once great company now produces next to nothing and becomes a patent troll -- so sad.
Rating: 8 Votes
Posted: 35 months ago

Looks like they took a leaf out of Apples book then :rolleyes:


No.

Apple did the smart thing and hired new management. Apple was not sold off or acquired. The rest is history.
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 35 months ago

LTD - just admit - these are your speculations and stop passing them off as fact.


It's even in the article. And it's there because it makes perfect sense. Kodak is a sinking ship. Why else bother to launch lawsuits at this juncture? It's to attract suitors. It's certainly a reason, but a rather sad one, and one that could have been avoided had Kodak's management been a little more prescient in years past.


With the new lawsuits coming just as Kodak is attempting to stave off bankruptcy, the company appears to be attempting to demonstrate strength in its patent portfolio as it hopes to attract higher bids for its intellectual property.

Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 35 months ago

Sometimes I swear you're just a "bot" based on your predictable and fortune cookie responses.


What other response could there be?

Kodak is on the verge of bankruptcy, and in any case they're angling for some extra value (based on patents) before a possible buyout.
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 35 months ago

Kodak's timing gives away their hand. Their intentions aren't about protecting IP for the purposes of product and brand integrity, but to extort whatever they can from anywhere in order to make themselves a more attractive buy.


LTD - just admit - these are your speculations and stop passing them off as fact.

The FACT is - you have NO idea what the intentions and motivations are any more than you know what I'm going to have for breakfast tomorrow.

I hope that your opinions at least help you sleep at night though... Hate to think you had insomnia over companies going after Apple.
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 35 months ago

It's even in the article. And it's there because it makes perfect sense. Kodak is a sinking ship. Why else bother to launch lawsuits at this juncture? It's to attract suitors. It's certainly a reason, but a rather sad one, and one that could have been avoided had Kodak's management been a little more prescient in years past.


1) it's an article on MacRumors. Which is biased towards Apple.
2) It says the company APPEARS to be. Do you know the semantic difference between APPEARS and IS?

This is what I'm talking about LTD. The article is written with editorial comments and then you take those comments and twist them around to be some fact that isn't a fact.

The truth eludes you. It eludes everyone except those that actually work for Kodak in positions of power that are making these decisions.
Rating: 4 Votes

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