A victory for Eastman Kodak Co. (EK) in its patent fight with Apple Inc. (AAPL) and Research in Motion Ltd. (RIMM) may add more than $1 billion in revenue from royalty payments, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Antonio Perez said.
Kodak “deserves to win,” Perez, 65, said in an interview in New York yesterday.
A decision is scheduled for about 5 p.m. Washington time today on whether the U.S. International Trade Commission will review a judge’s findings from January that Apple’s iPhone and RIM’s BlackBerry don’t violate Kodak’s patent on an image- preview feature in camera phones. Opening a review would revive Kodak’s effort to extract compensation from Apple and RIM.
Without Kodac no-one would have thought to have a preview photo function, thumbnails and all... what ingenuity.... without Kodac we would all be wondering what pictures are on our digital camera with no way of previewing them.
I for one thank Kodac for this innovative and ground breaking invention.
I acknowledge they have made some great innovations, but I don't think this "patent" qualifies as such.
The patent in question here isn't an invention it is a method of presenting info.
I guess it isn't Kodac's fault that they were awarded this patent and if money is tight then I can almost forgive them trying to enforce it but they aren't helping the industry, or it's consumers with this lawsuit.
A mechanical mechanism that increases shutter speed of a camera.... a great invention! A method of previewing images stored on a device.... not so much