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Kodak files new patent infringement suits against Apple, HTC

updated 04:50 pm EST, Tue January 10, 2012

Complaints involve image transmission

Kodak today filed two patent lawsuits against Apple and HTC, Bloomberg reports. Shared in common between the two cases are four patents involving image transmission; one example involves a method of sharing images directly from a camera. HTC is accused of violating a fifth patent, related to image previews.

That patent is notably the same one at the core of a Kodak complaint with the US International Trade Commission, directed at Apple and Research in Motion. A decision in that matter isn't expected until September 21st, though, which may mute its influence on the HTC case. Kodak first filed lawsuits against Apple and RIM in January 2010; it has separately managed to secure royalty deals from LG and Samsung based on its claims.

Kodak may be motivated largely by survival. The company today announced a major restructuring effort, in order to stave off bankruptcy. It has reduced three segments into two, Agence France-Presse reports, one being focused on the public, the second on professionals. The firm has struggled to maintain relevance in an era of digital photography.

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  1. facebook_Aaron

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    A sad attempt to save a relic of a bygone era.

  1. Paul Huang

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    drag it on and EK will run out of money first

    did they just discover this?

    this is just a last-ditch effort to hope that AAPL would buy up a pile of rubbles.

  1. Rolando_jose

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    Sad, once a giant...

  1. coffeetime

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    Once a great company but

    Ignoring the digital media for too long and too late.

  1. testudo

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    Because who cares about the viability or validity of the patents. If it's a small company, they're called a patent troll. If they're a large company, they're just a sad old corporation trying to stave off obsolesence.

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    testudo: Yes.

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