Kodak has been taking its last breaths for quite some time now. The famous camera manufacturer has not been doing too great lately and is on the brink of bankruptcy. In an attempt to pull itself out of the hole, Kodak has been suing smartphone manufacturers over patent infringement. This includes HTC and Apple, as well as its competitor, Fujifilm. Kodak is still fighting to stay alive, and this time it is going after Samsung.
Not a great way to start the year for Samsung. Apple has been bombarding the South Korean manufacturer throughout 2011 with lawsuit after lawsuit, and 2012 started out with a bang. Apple introduced a new lawsuit against Samsung in Europe, which could possibly block over 10 phones in Germany. Now Samsung finds itself targeted by Kodak, the older boys in the photography industry, in a New York Western District Court.
Kodak has not mentioned which devices are infringing on its patents, but it claims that Samsung’s camera devices are infringing on 5 of them.
- U.S. Patent No. 6,292,218 – “Electronic Camera For Initiating Capture of Still Images While Previewing Motion Images”
- 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
There is no given information about any court dates, but Samsung better get ready for this one. Kodak has been successful in suing the other companies before, so all bets are off for Sammy. Kodak is fighting for survival and with good weapons to boot. We’ll stay tuned to see what happens with this one.