Kodak suing Samsung over IP infringement

Anyone else fed up with lawsuits yet? Well, we’re sorry, but we have another sad story for your consumption this morning. Yesterday, Kodak announced that it would be filing for Chapter 11 protection. For those that don’t know, Chapter 11 protection essentially allows a company to protect business centers that are generating money, and shed ones that are not. This morning, we got word that Kodak has found a new way to generate some much-needed revenue. Unfortunately, it’s going to come at the cost of Samsung’s bottom line because Eastman Kodak is going to be suing the Suwon-based manufacturer for infringing on several key camera patents:

  • US Patent No. 6,292,218 – Electronic Camera for Initiating Capture of Still Images While Previewing Motion Images
  • US Patent No. 7,210,161 – Automatically Transmitting Images from an Electronic Camera to a Service Provider Using a Network Configuration File
  • US Patent No. 7,742,084 – Network Configuration File for Automatically Transmitting Images from an Electronic Still Camera
  • US Patent No 7,453,605 – Capturing Digital Images to be Transferred to an E-Mail Address
  • US Patent No 7,936,391 – Digital Camera with Communications Interface for Selectively Transmitting Images over a Cellular Phone Network and a Wireless LAN Network to a Destination

Now if you look time to review the list above, this may potentially be huge. Kodak claims that Samsung’s devices are infringing on these patents, but by our count, the features listed here are pretty much on all smartphones and feature phones these days. Does this mean that Kodak will become one of those companies that only has patent portfolios and generates the bulk of its revenue through lawsuits? Maybe. Only time will tell. Still, if there’s anything to say about this it’s that these things are getting a bit ridiculous now. In any case, we’ll see how this pans out.

via Android and Me

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