Kodak accuses Apple, RIM of infringing on patents
Kodak is seeking to have the BlackBerry Storm, Bold, Curve Tour and Pearl models banned from being shipped into the U.S. The ITC complaint targets the Apple iPhone 3GS and the original model launched in 2007. Between 2006 and 2008, Kodak claims to have spent $755 million in R&D and owns over 1,000 patents relating to digital imagery. Sony Ericsson, Nokia and Motorola license the use of the technology from Kodak. Apple and RIM would not comment on litigation.
1. hmcougar09 (Posts: 137; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
Kodak is stupid. That's what all the helpless companies are doing now adays! When they're unsuccessful, they pick on a company that's doing well. Seriously, I would understand it if Kodak made phones, but they DON'T! Lame accusation on your behalf!
2. E.N. (Posts: 2218; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)
I agree, but if Apple and RIM did use Kofak's technology without permission, then Kodak has every right.
3. agent0fn0thing (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Jan 2010)
While patent-camping is a deplorable practice that holds back technological advancement and legitimate innovation, what Kodak is doing is completely different. Kodak is already licencing this technology out to Sony Ericsson, Nokia, and Motorola, who are seeing the benefit. However, if RIM and Apple are allowed to use this technology without licencing it, then why would any other company have to do the same? Remember, the patent has nothing to do with phones, but rather the cameras attached to them.
4. endokun83 (Posts: 13; Member since: 09 Aug 2009)
I believe it's more Apple and Rim's fault for totally ignoring Kodak's patents.