Kodak has filed lawsuits against both Apple and Research in Motion (RIM) over digital imaging patents. The big complaint? Kodak filed their case with the US International Trade Commission arguing that Apple’s iPhone and RIM’s BlackBerry infringe Kodak technology for previewing images.
Just to round off their day in court, Kodak also filed two lawsuits against Apple in a US District Court claiming that Apple infringed on patents related to digital cameras and computer processes.
According to ZDNet, Kodak said, “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. In light of that, we are taking this action to ensure that we protect the interests of our shareholders and the existing licensees of our technology.”
Kodak do look to have a case as, at present, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, and Sony Ericsson are all paying royalties to the company for its intellectual property.
Adds ZDNet, “In one suit against Apple, Kodak alleges that Apple is infringing on two patents covering image preview and the processing of images of different resolutions.” Meanwhile, the second suit is focused on technology that allows one application to ask another program for help completing a computing task.