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Apple asked a bankruptcy judge if it could file a patent infringement lawsuit against Kodak yesterday

As if repeatedly attacking Samsung, HTC and Motorola Mobility with patent infringement lawsuits wasn't enough, Apple is now looking to kick Kodak while it's down with digital camera, printer and digital picture frame-related infringement suits as well.

Apple's Valentine's Day present to Kodak was a filing in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in New York yesterday, where Apple said it is filing patent infringement claims against Kodak with the International Trade Commission (ITC) as well as the U.S. District Court in Manhattan. Apple asked a bankruptcy judge for permission to sue Kodak first, despite the fact that filing for bankruptcy doesn't protect Kodak from infringement suits.

Apple had claimed before that it created a digital camera in the 1990's along with Kodak, but Kodak supposedly moved ahead with patenting the camera on its own. Apple had filed the case with the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, where the ITC rejected Apple's claims. Yesterday, Apple said in the filing that it wanted to move the case to Manhattan.

On January 19, 2012, Eastman Kodak announced that it had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The 131-year-old film giant filed in the federal bankruptcy court in the Southern District of New York after mentioning in November 2011 that it would be unable to pay its bills at some point in 2012 unless it stumbled upon some quick cash.

Just last week, Kodak announced that it was also bailing on the digital camera market as well as photo frames and pocket video recorders.

Kodak sent a patent infringement lawsuit back Apple's way last month, which also targeted Motorola Mobility. However, Apple argued that the ITC shouldn't even bother with the claims because of Kodak's bankruptcy filing and the sale of its patents. Kodak responded, saying that bankruptcy isn't stopping Kodak from expanding its digital imaging technology.

"Apple should not be using the bankruptcy to seek to disrupt Kodak's enforcement of its patents given that infringers like Apple, who continue to violate Kodak's intellectual property rights and refuse to properly compensate it, have contributed to Kodak's current circumstances," said Kodak.

Apple has been on a lawsuit crusade over the past year, mainly targeting Samsung. In April 2011, Apple began attacking Samsung with several patent infringement lawsuits in regards to the South Korean electronics maker's Galaxy S 4G, Epic 4G, Nexus smartphones and the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Apple claimed that these products imitate the iPhone and iPad.

Apple even successfully banned the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia and Germany, but Samsung finally lifted the ban in Australia in December 2011. Samsung is still having troubles in Germany, however.

Sources: ZDNet, Bloomberg

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RE: Not the whole story
By messele on 2/15/2012 1:56:25 PM , Rating: 0
Let's see the evidence of your ker-azy claims then or I am doing my usual thing of saying you are full of shit (which you are).

PS when accusing others of being blind and stupid it helps not to use a pseudonym that pays homage to a (once great, a very long time ago) rival company.

RE: Not the whole story
By Motoman on 2/15/2012 2:05:06 PM , Rating: 2
Oh yes, the perpetual call for "evidence" from the Apple faithful.

I stopped doing that a long time ago. Used to be I'd go through and link all kinds of stuff about Apples bad designs, their poor quality, price comparisons, so on and so forth.

But I learned eventually that it doesn't matter. I can present all the proof in the world, but you'll not change your opinion - because your position isn't based in facts to begin with.

I tired a long time ago of Apple fanatics ignoring the reality that was staring them in the face. The internet is absolutely awash in proof of how awful Apple is - you don't get to keep denying it.

Not doing your little "Evidence" dance anymore. You already know better.

RE: Not the whole story
By TakinYourPoints on 2/16/2012 12:24:47 AM , Rating: 1
I stopped doing that a long time ago.

Surely it was well before I started coming here. Everything you say is driven by intuition, emotion, and personal opinion. I don't expect facts nor logic from someone so hysterical.

RE: Not the whole story
By Motoman on 2/16/2012 3:15:02 PM , Rating: 2
Surely it was well before I started coming here.

While it strikes me as quite possible that you were born yesterday, the obvious fact of the matter is that DT isn't the one and only place on the internet that disseminates such information.

You have no valid basis for pretending not to be "aware" of the vast multitudes of articles on the internet describing the many problems that Apple has traditionally faced. Your continued willful ignorance is your problem - not mine. Effing google it.

And apparently you've no idea what either "logic" or "hysterical" means - because for you to insist you've *never* seen any information presented about Apple's problems is wildly illogical...and if I was hysterical I'd be typing out messages that looked like they came from Mike Tyson just before he bit someone's ear off.

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