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Kodak files lawsuit over iPhone and Blackberry patent infringement

Cliff Saran

Kodak, the company that invented the first affordable camera, has filed a lawsuit against Apple and Research in Motion over the infringement of a digital imaging technology patent.

Kodak claims that Apple's iPhones and RIM's camera-enabled Blackberry devices infringe a Kodak patent that covers technology related to how images are previewed.

Laura Quatela, chief intellectual property officer at Eastman Kodak Company, said, "We have had discussions for years with both companies in an attempt to resolve this issue amicably, but we have not been able to reach a satisfactory agreement. In light of that, we are taking this action to ensure that we protect the interests of our shareholders and the existing licensees of our technology."

Earlier this week, Kodak announced that it had settled a similar dispute with Samsung through a technology cross-licensing agreement. It settled a similar dispute with LG in December 2009.

Kodak invented the world's first digital camera, a 0.1 megapixel device, in 1975.


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