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Kodak Files New Lawsuits Against Apple and HTC Over Photo Patents

Kodak might be on its deathbed, but that’s not stopping the company from launching a new volley of lawsuits over patent infringements. Already trying to milk $1 billion from Apple, the company has filed new lawsuits against smartphone makers Apple and HTC, alleging that Apple violated four of its patents and HTC five. The lawsuits center around technology for transferring photos on and off devices. While today’s lawsuits might simply be a creative marketing effort in Kodak’s attempt to sell off its patent portfolio, the market seems pleased with it: the stock price jumped nearly 40% today.

(via Foss Patents via Engadget)


Image credit: Two Against One by Alistair Knock


 
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  • http://about.me/mikeyil Michaelangelo Ilagan

    Is this a last ditch effort to try and keep their foot out of the grave?

  • http://gaborszantai.co.uk/ Gabor Szantai

    This illustration is absolutely perfect:)

  • http://twitter.com/TheCrazyLudwig Ian Ludwig

    FYI, the complaints against Apple and HTC assert infringement of the
    following patents:

    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”

    The complaints against HTC also assert infringement of U.S. Patent No.
    6,292,218 (“Electronic Camera for Initiating Capture of Still Images
    While Previewing Motion Images”).

  • http://twitter.com/TheCrazyLudwig Ian Ludwig

    FYI, the complaints against Apple and HTC assert infringement of the
    following patents:

    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”

    The complaints against HTC also assert infringement of U.S. Patent No.
    6,292,218 (“Electronic Camera for Initiating Capture of Still Images
    While Previewing Motion Images”).

  • Anonymous

    thats what im talking about! lol Thats a brave last ditch effort. Good thinking Kodak

  • http://twitter.com/kurnot kurnot

    “Do not go gentle into that good night;

    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”

  • Adam

    As much as I love film, Kodak cannot die fast enough as far as I’m concerned. Any company that’s relying on patent-trolling to stay afloat deserves to die in flames.

  • f2point8

    Hey, where is Darle McBride working now?

  • Matt

    Interesting, good info. What I find amusing is that everyone who promotes copyrights, is strangely silent on patent infringement. Do they not deserve to get paid for an original idea? Or is it not protected because it is not a field that you are involved in? IMO, patents to an invenor are very similar to copyrights to an artist. We should, in general, support them.

    That said, there is room for improvement in both. Some patents seem too vague.

    Kodak is suffering from poor management. It is sad.

  • http://twitter.com/TheCrazyLudwig Ian Ludwig

    Yea, I am still hoping they will pull through this low. I have been in and out of the stock for the last few months but I at this point it is a huge gamble so I stepped out.

    I just find it crazy that they have those patents. It shows at one point they were very forward thinking on technology but unfortunately stopped innovating.

  • Tzctplus -

    Most patents are intentionally vague, that is in purpose, not by mistake, and most of them are for ideas, you don’t have to present a working prototype or proof of concept.

    Copyrights and patents are so fundamentally different that we should take your comment and comparison as the musings of somebody that does not know what he is talking about.

    Finally I fail to see the logic to support both copyrights and patents: both stop innovation, are slanted in favour of big corporations against small time innovators and are abused egregiously by most companies.

  • Tzctplus -

    Exactly.

    Anybody that thinks patents and copyrights are a good idea should google SCO for the archetypical example of why they aren’t.