Jan 18 AT 7:52 PM Edgar Cervantes 33 Comments

Kodak now suing Samsung: Why go bankrupt when I have all these patents?


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.

Via: Droid-Life

Source: Forbes

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  • txbluesman

    Looks like they aren’t going down without a fight….WOW!!!! Thanks for the story Edgar.

    • Dikembe

      Lol, read the similar article just a minute ago. fan boy needs to learn how to read, lol

    • CactusCat

      Gosh, really? Can you read without your Apple shaped glasses? Here’s the next paragraph.

      Despite the iPhone’s gains, Android still remains the most-popular operating system. Out of all smartphone users, an average of 46.3 percent own an Android-based device, while 30 percent own an iPhone.

      So all those great 4S sales brought the iPhone up from 28.1% to 30%. A temporary gain due to the poor slobbering iPhone masses having to wait 16 months for something new and then getting Siri, which has already been proven to be inferior to Google’s offering. If you doubt that, then re-read the article featuring Steve Wozniak. He has the 4S and the new GN. The new android phones will reverse this minor blip in Q1 2012. Have a nice day.

    • LukeT32

      They should sue every cell phone maker…..
      . That is so stupid.

  • spazby

    I don’t blame them…

    • Jeff Pan

      I think they are planning to sue Apple too. If they are targeting someone better target the best in the market. Who else other than Samsung?

      ” Capturing Digital Images to be Transferred to an E-Mail Address” – Wow shows how bad the patent system is!!

  • Dustin Earley

    Oh Kodak, what happened to you.

  • R.S

    These patent “violations” could be applied to every single smart phone manufacturer. Is Samsung simply being added to the list or are they currently the only ones being sued for these patents?

    • Edgar Cervantes

      They are just being added to the list. In fact, Kodak has licensed many of its patent to a plethora of manufacturers, including LG, Motorola and Nokia. They are getting royalties from all these guys.

      • txbluesman

        It is like their pension plan….LOL!!!!

      • alee

        This also shows an important difference between Apple and everybody else: Apple won’t license their patents; they want to completely block the products that they claim infringe on them. Kodak, like most companies, just wants to collect royalties, and filing a lawsuit is just a step in trying to get a better deal than whatever any talks they may have had so far with Samsung may have yielded.

      • Jeff Pan

        I remember reading they are planning t sue Apple too! Or did they already?

  • Vance

    Are those seriously patents?! Everyone smart phone on the planet is in violation. MAYBE, Kodak should have focused on transitioning from film to digital 10 years sooner instead of writing patents that would one day allow them to sue the manufacturers who actually figured out to make the technology relevant and marketable. Boo, Kodak, shame on you.

    • delinear

      Kodak didn’t just write a bunch of patents, they actually spent a lot of money researching and producing these devices. We have a lot to thank them for but it’s sad to see them going down like this, you’re right that they should have reacted to digital cameras far sooner. They could have owned the market but they were too scared of harming their traditional camera market.

      • franrich

        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
        how do you research this when you don’t own a cellular network

  • rfvgyhn

    Man, I get pretty upset when I read stuff like this. I’d really like to give the folks that granted these patents a gift. Hint: It’s at the end of my arm and has five fingers.

  • Ismael Rodriguez

    U.S. Patent No. 7,210,161 — “Automatically Transmitting Images from an Electronic Camera to a Service Provider Using a Network Configuration File”

    Seriously? Do any phones even do this without a third party application (aka: through no responsibility of the manufacturer?) Or is this something some cameras are doing now? I just use my phone’s cam, so I’m a little behind. I know there are memory cards that do this; how about cameras? Cause I’ve never seen anything like this on any of my devices unless I added third-party software.

  • aakash

    I think Kodak does not have anything good to do!!!

    • Ismael Rodriguez

      Of course not. If they did, they wouldn’t have been on the verge of bankruptcy. Right about now they’re just grasping for dear life.

  • Hall Lo

    Oh no not Kodak… plz no….. ;(..

    btw the “read more” link is broken and takes me to a “Sorry page not found” webpage :/…

  • DroidPower

    That’s too bad, thought Kodak would be nicer. Desperate times call for desperate measures, i guess

  • smeghead68

    those patent titles are very general and could apply to any smart phone/camera manufacturer out there today.

  • oddball

    Well it seems like it didn’t help them as they filed for Chapter 11 a bit ago. They dismissed digital too long and it destroyed them. I suspect these lawsuits are more an attempt to buy some breathing room from creditors and maybe even survive the inevitable restructuring that Chapter 11 always brings

  • Oskar Wismierski

    Suing became fashionable I guess…

  • thekaz

    My guess is that Kodak is looking to prove the value of the patents they are looking to sell. If a judge allows these lawsuits to go forward, the patent becomes more valuable to a potential purchaser…

  • http://www.infotainmentempire.com pekosROB

    So does Kodak already have licensing agreements with any phone manufacturers? Or other camera makers for that matter??

  • Cajj

    Hmmm Samsung… another day another patent battle.

  • Nathan D.

    This is just an attempt by a dying company to get back on its feet.

  • Skis03

    I have a feeling every old school company out there will end up doing this.

  • Serpico

    So sick of this %^$#! … Read those out loud and you will realize just how freaking stupid this is. Can you imagine if someone patented (this sounds just like those above) “Sending data electronically over a copper wire using a protocol configuration to keep the data intact during transport.” Ethernet, TCP/IP and a SLEW of others would be hobbled.

    I’m going to drink.

  • honourbound68

    Grrrr. More lawsuits… Will the value of the patents outweigh the cost of the lawsuits esp with Kodak going bankrupt?

  • Paul

    Well, I considered a Kodak camera, to help the company out and all and they have some decent models, but not now. It’s funny how they attack Android phones/manufacturers but leave Apple out of it, reading through some of those patents it seems like Apple would have been just as ‘guilty’ on some of them. But they’re scared of Apple’s legal team so they go after ‘low hanging fruit’. It’s a stupid move and they’re just going to piss off Android users, who do make up over 50% of the smartphone market now.