Beleaguered Kodak Tries Patent-Suit Strategy on Apple, HTC

Looks like Kodak has settled on a novel way of drumming up interest in those digital-imaging patents it’s hoping to sell off to avoid bankruptcy: Assert them against some high-profile smartphone makers.

Late Tuesday, the company filed suit against Apple and HTC claiming they’ve infringed upon a handful of patents on technologies for transmitting digital images from cameras and other devices.

Kodak’s complaint covers Apple’s iPad 2, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPod touch, and a number of HTC tablets and phones — the Flyer, EVO View 4G, Vivid, Hero S, etc. And it seeks a proscription against further infringement as well as damages. But what Kodak’s really looking for here are the royalties.

As Tim Lynch, Kodak’s Chief IP officer, notes in a statement announcing the suit, “We remain open to negotiating a fair and amicable agreement with these companies, which has always been our preference and our practice with other licensees.”

News of the suits comes amid reports that Kodak is contemplating Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

8 comments
davebarnes
davebarnes

At John,

You wrote "Beleaguered Kodak".
Using beleaguered next to any other company besides Apple is against US law.

Stroganoff
Stroganoff

Kodak are in the dog-house, because they failed to move with the times. They got fat and lazy like the dodo bird and now, just like the dodo, their time is up.

Kodak suing Apple is pretty funny though - gotta give them that...

CraKup
CraKup

Two years ago I was working a contract for Kodak in Ohio. A couple of months into it, my colleague and I arrived one Monday morning to find that the furniture in our cubicles had been rearranged without prior notification or our consent. We then had to work with our backs to the door. This allowed management to sneak up on us and see what was on our monitors at all times. With such an enlightened management style, it's hard to believe Kodak is now teetering on the brink of bankruptcy.

Paul
Paul

I worked for Kodak for over twenty years at one of their manufacturing sites (recently sold in MA) and I can tell you for the most part, that is not their style at all.... They are dim witted, slow to change,  stubborn, and never to crack the whip. This is why they are in trouble. I am sure the local manager did what you stated but that is not Kodak.....and matter of fact if you complained to Rochester, that manager would have been in hot water and most likely moved or let go.....but it alos looks like you were a contractor so, that manager felt they could abuse you. too bad they were not fired.

chriscurc
chriscurc

Maybe if Apple and RIM had licensed the technology from Kodak in the first place Kodak would not be suing anyone. Payup!

henry3dogg
henry3dogg

Since Kodak keep losing in the courts, that wouldn't make a lot of sense.

Ben Britt
Ben Britt

Kodak needs to go away. It has always tried to appeal to the lowest common denominator with its crappy overpriced products. Disc cameras 110 format anything to make a cheap buck

Poon Kisser
Poon Kisser

"New of the suits ..."  ??? 

No editor?

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