In a press release issued this morning, the Eastman Kodak Company has announced that they have filed a lawsuit against Apple, and against Research In Motion (RIM), over infringement of Kodak’s digitial imaging technology. Specifically, the complaint alleges that the iPhone and Blackberry are improperly using “technology related to a method for previewing images.”
Ah, patent law. It was only two years ago that Nokia and Qualcomm settled a similar dispute, after years of costly litigation and counter-suits. Kodak themselves, in the press release, point out a number of companies they have successfully sued over their decades-old imaging patents, including Samsung and Sun Microsystems. These same patents are involved during the current complaint, such as “the processing of images of different resolutions,” and “a method by which a computer program can ‘ask for help’ from another application to carry out certain computer-oriented functions.”
Apple can add these lawsuits to the list, I’m sure. Isn’t it fun being a market leader?