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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 rocky12345 on 2/15/2012 6:30:47 PM , Rating: 4
I think instead of always defending Apple like they do no wrong you should start actually looking at what they are trying to do to others in the industry. If they can not beat them they sue them out of business or at least try to.

Yes sometimes Apple has good reason to sue to protect it's IP but as of late not so much. They seem to think they invented everything that has at some point be done by others already. They slap some lip stick on it & say look we invented the wheel or whatever they seem to think is cool at the time & you fanboys will always say hey look everyone else is copying Apple yet again.

I was reading about the new Samsung 55 OLED TV this morning & as always I went to look at the comments & low & behold some fanatic said look Samsung is copying Apples iTV because Samsung was using very shallow bezels on the new unit. I was like umm what iTV is not even sold yet & probably will not be until near the end of 2012 if ever & some fool has the gull to say Samsung copied Apple's iTV design. For the record Samsung has be using that design for a very long time on their high end LED LCD TV's.

So I guess it does not matter who makes what if Apple also makes the same type of product then every one else is copying Apple & of coarse Apple will sue them until they either get forced out of business or bow down & kiss Apples feet. On another point why is it that Apple feels that when someone they think is using their IP they can sue but if Apple does the same thing they will fight tooth & nail to get what they want for free without having to pay the actual inventor's anything.

This is a double standard that Apple does they don't want to compete with other companies & use the legal system & lame patents to get products banned from store shelves. If their products are so good then maybe they should fight the good fight & see what the consumers want to buy. I think tht is why most here are so anti Apple is because of the way Apple conducts their business.

I myself would like to have an Apple iPod touch as I think they work fairly well but because of their business practices that will not be happening any time soon. I thought that maybe after Mr jobs passed away that they would change their ways but if anything they have gotten worse since his unfortunate death.

If they cleaned up their act & acted more like a responsible company & stopped using the child in a play ground approach maybe we all would be better off at the end of the day.

just my 2 cents worth

RE: Not the whole story
By Cheesew1z69 on 2/15/2012 6:50:00 PM , Rating: 2
I think instead of always defending Apple like they do no wrong you should start actually looking at what they are trying to do to others in the industry
LOL! This will NEVER happen. LOL

Look who you are trying to tell this to...

RE: Not the whole story
By Tony Swash on 2/15/12, Rating: -1
“Then they pop up and say ‘Hello, surprise! Give us your money or we will shut you down!' Screw them. Seriously, screw them. You can quote me on that.” -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng referencing patent trolls

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