Fatality: Apple Asking for Permission to Punch Kodak While Down

It wasn’t too long ago that Kodak filed multiple patent infringement lawsuits against Apple in a scramble for life-giving cash, but now the tables have turned. Less than a month after Kodak filed for bankruptcy and announced the end of its camera business, Apple is reportedly in the process of asking the court for permission to sue bankrupt Kodak for infringing on Apple’s patents in its printers, digital cameras, and digital picture frames. This back and forth IP fight is one that Kodak might not be in for long: the company is still trying to sell off its portfolio of roughly 1,100 imaging patents.

(via Bloomberg via Ars Technica)

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  • Iam12whatsthat

    Seems pretty par for the course: Kodak, drop your silly lawsuit and we’ll drop ours.

    If Kodak has to spend a large sum to defend the counter-suit, it makes the original not worth pursuing.  Should we be sympathetic for Kodak because they are trying to mug companies on their way down?I loved their products, but it is a very poorly run company.

  • Trausti Hraunfjörð

    Funny how things are…. Apple (and just about everyone else) is considered to be capitalistic…. but in reality they are running on high-octane communistic principles.  They (in this case I refer to Apple), want to be a monopoly.  They want to have it all, no matter what it takes.  If it means kicking those who are down, then so be it. If it means ripping off dead artists (Witney Houston as a recent example) or ripping of and regulating everyone who wants to do business in the Apple world, then so be it. They will keep their world closed, censored and sucking the life-blood out of anyone and everyone they can.

    That is not an example of healthy capitalism, but rather an example of extreme communism running wild. 

  • Hexx

    Hi, a bit of research of this subject on your part would be nice. What you’re stating is just wrong and baseless, sorry

  • Anonymous

    Apple acts like a dictatorship, this is the same company that years ago were at the brink of bankruptcy because no one bothered to purchase their computers. Apple is also the same company that accused Microsoft and the rest of the PC industry of foul play, and look at where they are at now.

  • Alan Dove

    You don’t seem to understand capitalism or communism. Apple is not a government, they’re a business, and leveraging market share is a classic tactic for businesses that operate in a capitalist free market. When that leverage goes so far that it distorts the market and prevents it from operating efficiently, then governments must intervene. That’s called a “market failure,” a phenomenon you’ll find discussed in the early chapters of any introductory economics textbook. And Apple is nowhere near that point yet.

  • Jack Hernandez

    Wow … slave labor wasn’t enough … Apple really is becoming the new Microsoft, only with bigger horns.

  • Anonymous

    Apple are such patent trolls lately. You know what they say, the bigger they get, the harder they fall. I look forward to the day Apple crashes.

  • 9inchnail

    The goal of any company in a capitalist society is to gain market dominance. A monopoly is the final step, normal companies would never ever dream of. This has NOTHING to do with communism. In communism the state would own the company and it’s means of production, the people would not get paid for their work but everyone would get the products pretty much for free. Profit is not the main goal in communism, that’s why it’s a nice utopia but it’s never gonna work. There will always be idiots who want to be special. And you hip Apple product is not that cool and elitist any more if everyone has one.

  • Adam

    Kodak brought this on themselves. They wanted to play the patent troll game, now it’s payback. And stop defending them like they’re a camera company, have you all forgotten how the majority of their recent income has been from squeezing other companies for IP licenses?

  • Richard

    Well said. It just so happens that many of the digital photography patents that Kodak holds are joint patents with Apple. They worked together during the time Apple was coming out with the QuickTake camera and those patents are what are in question here.