Kodak seems to be the latest entrant in the patent wars which have plagued the technology industry. It has gone after two giants – Apple and HTC – with its treasure trove of digital imaging patents, by filing patent infringement lawsuits against both of them. It is trying to get Apple and HTC to license its patent portfolio, in a last-ditch attempt to generate some much needed revenue via patent licensing.
The patents are related to digital imaging and target the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and a lot of Android devices by HTC.
Here’s a list of the patents, courtesy FOSSPatents:
- U.S. Patent No. 7,210,161 on “automatically transmitting images from an electronic camera to a service provider using a network configuration file”
- U.S. Patent No. 7,742,084 on a “network configuration file for automatically transmitting images from an electronic still camera”
- U.S. Patent No. 7,453,605 on “capturing digital images to be transferred to an e-mail address”
- U.S. Patent No. 7,936,391 on a “digital camera with communications interface for selectively transmitting images over a cellular phone network and a wireless LAN network to a destination”
- U.S. Patent No. 6,292,218 on an “electronic camera for initiating capture of still images while previewing motion images”
Recent reports have claimed that Kodak is preparing to file for bankruptcy. This may be its final recourse. Kodak has an extensive patent portfolio with a lot of patents that most devices with digital cameras are likely to infringe upon. It is probably trying to get some biggie like Apple or Google to buy off its patent portfolio, raising some money by way of asset sales before filing for bankruptcy.
Its stock has jumped up almost 120% in 2 days, following news of this patent lawsuit.