Eastman Kodak Co. has announced they’ve filed a lawsuit with the US International Trade Commission against Apple and RIM for patents that infringed on Kodak’s digital imaging technology. Kodak is directly speaking about camera-enabled iPhones and Blackberrys. Currently Kodak already has agreements with over 30 companies that include LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung and Sony Ericsson.
According to the chief intellectual property officer at Kodak Laura Quatela, she said “Kodak has a long history of digital imaging innovation and we have invested hundreds of millions of dollars creating our industry-leading patent portfolio… In the case of Apple and RIM, we’ve had discussions for years with both companies in an attempt to resolve this issue amicably, and we have not been able to reach a satisfactory agreement.”
Quatela added “There’s a basic issue of fairness that needs to be addressed. Those devices use Kodak technology, and we are merely seeking compensation for the use of our technology in their products. Our primary interest is not to disrupt the availability of any product but to obtain fair compensation for the use of our technology.”
If all the other organizations are paying Kodak… this case may never see the light of day and be settled out of court.