[Techtaffy Newsdesk]

A drowning company may grasp at patent infringement suits. Eastman Kodak Company has filed lawsuits against Apple and HTC, alleging the infringement of certain Kodak patents relating to digital imaging technology.

A complaint filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) by Kodak claims that certain Apple’s iPhones, iPads, and iPods, and certain HTC’s smartphones and tablets infringe Kodak patents that relate to technology for transmitting images. Kodak also alleges that certain HTC’s smartphones infringe a patent that covers technology related to a method for previewing images which is already the subject of pending actions against Apple. Separately, Kodak filed suits today against Apple and HTC in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York alleging the same infringement.

Laura G. Quatela (President and Chief Operating Officer, Eastman Kodak Company): We’ve had numerous discussions with both companies in an attempt to resolve this issue, and we have not been able to reach a satisfactory agreement. Our primary interest is not to disrupt the availability of any product but to obtain fair compensation for the unauthorized use of our technology.

Kodak has licensed patents related to digital imaging technology to more than 30 companies, including LG, Motorola, Samsung and Nokia.


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