This week Kodak is suing Samsung

Last week Kodak filed a lawsuit against Fujifilm for patents infringement. This week it's Samsung's turn. Any guesses who is going to be sued next week? Here are both press releases - I have hyperlinked the related patents:

Kodak Alleges Patent Infringement Against Fujifilm

ROCHESTER, N.Y., January 13 -- Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against Fujifilm Corporation, alleging infringement of certain patents related to Kodak digital imaging technology.

The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, alleges that certain Fujifilm digital cameras infringe patented Kodak digital imaging technology.

“Kodak has long been in discussions with Fujifilm, asking the company to do what more than 30 other companies have done already and take a license for their use of our pioneering digital imaging technology,” said Timothy M. Lynch, Chief Intellectual Property Officer, Eastman Kodak Company. “Kodak has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in developing this technology.”

“Not only have we failed to reach an agreement, but Fuji resorted to filing suit against us in October in what was a thinly veiled attempt to redirect attention from their continued use of Kodak patented technology.There’s a basic issue of fairness that needs to be addressed. The failure to appropriately compensate Kodak for the unauthorized use of our patented technology impedes our ability to continue to innovate and introduce new products.”

Kodak has licensed its digital imaging patents to more than 30 leading technology companies, including LG, Motorola, Samsung and Nokia, with all of the licenses royalty-bearing to Kodak.

The complaint against Fuji alleges infringement of the following five patents:

Kodak Alleges Patent Infringement Against Samsung

ROCHESTER, N.Y., January 18 --
Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., alleging infringement of certain patents related to Kodak digital imaging technology.

The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, alleges that certain Samsung tablets infringe patented Kodak digital imaging technology.

Kodak has licensed its digital imaging patents to more than 30 leading technology companies, including LG, Motorola, and Nokia, with all of the licenses royalty-bearing to Kodak.

The complaint against Samsung alleges infringement of the following five patents:

  • 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”
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  • Ian

    Sad to think that the once great Kodak has fired most of its chemists & engineers and is now only providing work for lawyers. Hope they give us some warning before stopping the production of Ektar film!

  • KnaP

    “The failure to appropriately compensate Kodak for the unauthorized use of our patented technology impedes our ability to continue to innovate and introduce new products”

    so THAT is why they haven’t put out innovative products in.. 10 years? 20? when did XTOL came out?

  • inteliboy

    Patent wars have become out of control. That said, it does look like Kodak have good reason to get their lawyers heated up.

    Side note: do Samsung create any of their own ideas/tech or just manage to rip off everyone else?

    • steve

      Samsung get sued a lot because of their size. For example, Kodak were the first to demo OLED tech, but Samsung have developed it beyond anything Kodak did and Samsung holds thousands of patents in oled and amoled tech.

      The problem is that patent law is a mess and lawyers exploit this.

      Want to see some Samsung innovation – check out their recent demo of a clear screen TV
      http://www.techspot.com/news/47058-samsung-demos-transparent-smart-window-prototype.html

      Now imagine an optical viewfinder with live view overlaid on this “glass”.

  • ennan

    Soon the patent wars will be a thing of the past – replaced by the brand new corporate passtime of SOPA-trolling: accusing competitors of violating your copyright in order to have their website shut down.

    I haven’t bothered to read what Kodaks beef is – I’m kind of sick of these bullshit patent lawsuits. Are they justified this time or is it just desperate money grabbing?

  • http://leicaglow.com Axel

    As Kodak goes into Chapter 11, they are undoubtedly scrutinizing their assets, and probably realized they have lost out by not defending their patent. From what (little) I know about patent law, is you have to be aggressive about defending your IP, or you can lose it. It sounds like it’s pretty late for them to gain much value from their technology.

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