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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 TakinYourPoints on 2/16/2012 7:08:23 PM , Rating: 1
Check your overall post rating. Then check mine. So who, exactly, is generally thought of by the overall population to be stupid?

I'll say it again:

This forum is primarily an Android circlejerk. I wouldn't expect to get a balanced view on the XBox from a Playstation forum either.

You are an even more deluded fanboy than I thought if you believe that your narrow "Intel and Apple are evil" viewpoint in any way represents or is relevant to the mainstream.

RE: Not the whole story
By Motoman on 2/17/2012 1:08:33 AM , Rating: 2
The problem is that you're trying to apply that with your own bias - which is that you're convinced that *your* version of reality is correct, while actual reality must be false.

Also, for the record, I have never uttered the phrase that "Apple and/or Intel is evil." You made that up on your own.

If you think this public forum, which doesn't do the slightest control over who can post what, is an unfairly biased forum...go somewhere else. You seem to crave only to force people to accept your distorted perceptions, and aren't interested in you might find yourself enjoying a forum somewhere populated only by Macolytes. I'm sure they're around.

You may notice that I am frequently at odds with others on these forums, on multiple topics...if I was seeking "confirmation bias" I sure as hell wouldn't be here. However, because this is a public forum with no controls on who posts what, it is telling to see that over the course of many years and thousands of posts, the general population finds my views to be significantly more valid than average (in fact, every time I post a note that doesn't get rated above the standard 2, my rating drops a bit) - while your all-time rating, like that of Pirks and Tony Swash, is pathetically low.

You are the one that came out accusing me of being stupid. It is eminently clear that the general population feels that it is you who is stupid. That's all there is to say about that.

...feel free to leave if you don't like it. We won't miss you.

RE: Not the whole story
By TakinYourPoints on 2/17/2012 2:14:07 AM , Rating: 2
Confirmation bias definitely exists here given that this place has an extreme and imbalanced editorial stance.

Popular opinions here do not represent the mainstream. Hell, I'm a HUGE hardware guy and I know that my purchasing habits don't represent anything close to the mainstream, and your pitchfork mentality towards Apple and Intel is as loony fringe as it gets.

If you go to a place that endorses racism, the most racist posters would be the most highly voted. Having a high rating here doesn't mean much except that you are aligned with the hivemind. Anyone could rack up 3-5 rated posts by railing on the usual targets that Mick and Co targets.

...feel free to leave if you don't like it. We won't miss you.

Oh, believe me, I try, but I scroll down on Anandtech (an actual good tech site with excellent articles and editorials) and this silly place is still here, then my "let's look at the trainwreck" curiosity draws me to see what you and the rest of the shortbus riders have to say.

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