Kodak Takes On iPhone and Blackberry Makers

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After cutting license deals with Samsung and LG, Kodak is set to join Nokia in taking action against Apple. It is also set to sue Blackberry maker Research in Motion.

The image company, which had a major presence at this year’s CES in Las Vegas, has filed two lawsuits against Apple. It has also lodged a complaint with the US International Trade Commission against both Apple and RIM, alleging their phones infringe on Kodak’s digital-imaging technology.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Kodak didn’t specify the damages it’s seeking, and hasn’t quantified the benefits it expects from agreements it reached with Samsung earlier this week or LG.

In a statement released last night, Kodak claimed that an ITC administrative law judge found the same patent involved in the Apple and RIM disputes to be valid and enforceable in the Samsung case.

Struggling in the traditional image market, Kodak has set a target of collecting $250 million to $350 million in annual intellectual-property licensing revenue for the next 10 years.

Kodak claims that both the Blackberry and the Apple iPhones infringe on a Kodak patent that covers technology related to the viewing of images on a mobile phone.

Kodak has also filed two other suits against Apple claiming patent infringement in the use of a digital camera and processors in the iPhone.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the chief intellectual property officer at Kodak had held several discussions with both Apple and RIM over the infringements.

Kodak said it has licensed digital-imaging technology to about 30 companies, including some leaders in the mobile-device industry.

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