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Kodak Looks For $1 Billion in Apple, RIM Patent Dispute

     
2:46 pm on Mar 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Kodak Looks For $1 Billion in Apple, RIM Patent Dispute [bloomberg.com]
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.
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Kodak is desperate for cash with the demise of film and film processing so aggressively defending patents as an income source could make Kodak the biggest patent troll on the planet.
3:05 pm on Mar 25, 2011 (gmt 0)

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Well crafted US Patent and Trademarks are so strong as to provide protection till end-of-times. I do not think this was the original intent.
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What an amazing invention.

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.
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I for one thank Kodac for this innovative and ground breaking invention.


Me too, and they've been innovating in digital since 1976. A lot seem to forget that:-

[pluggedin.kodak.com...]

Back then these things were not quite so obvious. And they got laughed at by the audiences they showed it to.

And it all cost money. Payback time.
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tj,

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
 

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