Sources: Reuters, The Wall Street Journal
quote: Kodak sued Apple first. Kodak sued Apple Inc. and Research In Motion (RIM) in January 2010, filing two lawsuits against Apple and a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission against both Apple and RIM, alleging Apple's and RIM's phones infringe on a Kodak digital imaging technology, after the companies refused to pay patent royalties on Kodak's digital camera technology.
quote: While it seems as if Apple is taking advantage of Kodak's position, Kodak was apparently well enough to send a patent infringement lawsuit at Apple first in January, which also targeted Motorola Mobility.
quote: Apple claims that the Kodak law suite relates to technology jointly developed and co-owned by the two companies when they collaborated on Apple's QuickTake camera which was one of the first consumer digital camera lines built for Apple by Kodak.
quote: ...a digital camera Apple said it created along with Kodak in the 1990s. More specifically, the patent is a digital camera that can preview images on a LCD screen.
quote: Apple fought back and is seeking to prove it jointly owns the patents that arose from the Apple-Kodak collaborative effort. Apple does not want the patent portfolio in question passed on to third parties as part of Kodaks bankruptcy proceedings without the issue of joint ownership being resolved first.
quote: Apple now fears that the patent might be sold during Kodak's bankruptcy, and wants to resolve this ownership argument quickly.