Jan 10 AT 7:55 PM Alberto Vildosola 18 Comments

Kodak goes after HTC, Apple with patent infringement lawsuit


In what seems to be Kodak’s last try at survival, the company has decided to take both Apple and HTC to court with a patent infringement lawsuit. The almost bankrupt camera manufacturer has filed complaints with the International Trade Commission and the Western District of New York, claiming that Apple and HTC infringe on four of Kodak’s patents.

The patents mentioned in the lawsuit are the following:

  • US Patent No. 7,210,161 — “Automatically Transmitting Images from an Electronic Camera to a Service Provider Using a Network Configuration File”
  • US Patent No. 7,742,084 — “Network Configuration File for Automatically Transmitting Images from an Electronic Still Camera”
  • US Patent No. 7,453,605 — “Capturing Digital Images to be Transferred to an E-Mail Address”
  • US 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”

As usual, these patents are as broad as they come. Especially number three, which I’m pretty sure is used by almost every cell phone nowadays.

The complaint filed through the ITC asks for many of these “infringing” devices to be banned from importation, while the US lawsuit looks to prevent “further infringement, as well as the recovery of damages.” Kodak’s Timothy M. Lynch explained the reasoning behind these lawsuits:

We seek to avoid litigation in our licensing programs whenever possible. But when the infringement is persistent, we will act to defend the interests of our shareholders and licensees, and to promote the fair compensation that is the bedrock of innovation.Timothy M. LynchKodak's Chief Intellectual Property Officer

In other words, Kodak wants some money. Whether they get it before completely dying is another issue altogether. Meanwhile, we’ll just put this in the “pointless lawsuits that will go nowhere” bin.

Via: The Verge

Source: Kodak

Alberto is a college student living somewhere between Miami, Sarasota and the World Wide Web. Although a former iPhone owner, Alberto is now a proud Android enthusiast. You can follow Alberto on Twitter and Google+ for his thoughts unworthy of an article.

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  • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

    Jeez, what genius granted approval for #3?

    • AsakuraZero

      its usa patent office nothing amuse me anymore if it from tjem

    • Jon Garrett

      the same that grants apple all its broad patents.

    • efthymiosh

      I went on and read #3, it goes on to presenting a flow chart that looks infantile to my eyes. Apparently the US patent office approves patents based on how complicated they look.

      A processor transmits via a network adapter some data given by its inputs to the internet, yet because it’s embedded in a camera the implementation is suddenly an invention?

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  • minimage

    They might as well go after all tablets and cell phones for quickly displaying images on a small, flat surface; I mean, they are obviously copying off the instant camera concept! ;)

    Oh, wait, that was Polaroid..

  • http://pixelswim.com Steve Heinrich

    Way to cash in Kodak… or way to TRY to cash in. Oh well.

    • delinear

      It’s a real shame. They were a respectable company with decent products for a long time. To see them go down the sleazy route of suing everyone they can to survive is pretty sad. Way to keep it classy, Kodak…

  • Chris

    Kodak deserves to fail…

    • miki

      Ehm.. and why? Because they are probably even more inovative manufacturer than apple? Because without them it woul probably take sixty more years to open up the photography to the wide public? Yeah they certainly deserve to fail because they dont manufacture cell phone chris…

  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    All these companies have so much money and are suing for more(or attention) smh

    • Ross

      Actually Alex, Kodak is nearly bankrupt. Which is probably why they are doing this!

  • http://sean-the-electrofreak.blogspot.com/ Sean the Electrofreak

    I live in the city Kodak was founded in… it made this city, and when it failed to get into the digital camera market quick enough (thinking it was going to shoot itself in the foot by reducing film sales) it broke this city.

    It’s ridiculous how many former Kodak employees there are in this city looking for work because of their epic fail. Am I bitter? Yes, and nobody in my family even worked there… their greed royally screwed the city I grew up in.

    Death throes, that’s what these lawsuits are. I doubt it’ll be enough to resurrect Kodak even if they win.

  • thel0nerang3r

    The devil is in the details, but the 1st one sounds like Google+ with the option to auto upload all pics taken. What does “network configuration file” mean? I mean, in this context.

  • Richard Yarrell

    Hope KODAK pimp slaps apple…

  • http://k-selezneva.blogspot.com/ KatSelezneva

    I hoped very much that patent news will be left in 2011. The new year has come; and we have the same. However, I wish less patent wars and ridiculous lawsuits for 2012. 2011 results for the mobile development world http://k-selezneva.blogspot.com/2012/01/2011-results-for-mobile-development.html

  • Futureboy

    Well… if you can’t innovate… litigate!

  • lokidokie

    Kodak. This is probably the last time I’ll hear their name