Kodak Alleges Patent Infringement Against Fujifilm

January 16, 2012 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global | 4 Comments |
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Kodak has filed a lawsuit against Fujifilm, alleging infringement of certain patents related to Kodak digital imaging technology. Specifically, the complaint alleges infringement of the following five patents: “Single Sensor Color Camera With User Selectable Image Record Size”, “Electronic Camera For Initiating Capture of Still Images While Previewing Motion Images”, “Electronic Still Camera For Capturing Digital Image and Creating a Print Order”, “Electronic Camera With Quick Review of Last Captured Image” and “Electronic Still Camera Providing Multi-Format Storage of Full and Reduced Resolution Images”-

Kodak Press Release

Kodak Alleges Patent Infringement Against Fujifilm

ROCHESTER, N.Y., January 13—

Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) announced today that it has filed a lawsuit against Fujifilm Corporation, alleging infringement of certain patents related to Kodak digital imaging technology.

The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, alleges that certain Fujifilm digital cameras infringe patented Kodak digital imaging technology.

“Kodak has long been in discussions with Fujifilm, asking the company to do what more than 30 other companies have done already and take a license for their use of our pioneering digital imaging technology,” said Timothy M. Lynch, Chief Intellectual Property Officer, Eastman Kodak Company. “Kodak has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in developing this technology.”

“Not only have we failed to reach an agreement, but Fuji resorted to filing suit against us in October in what was a thinly veiled attempt to redirect attention from their continued use of Kodak patented technology.There’s a basic issue of fairness that needs to be addressed. The failure to appropriately compensate Kodak for the unauthorized use of our patented technology impedes our ability to continue to innovate and introduce new products.”

Kodak has licensed its digital imaging patents to more than 30 leading technology companies, including LG, Motorola, Samsung and Nokia, with all of the licenses royalty-bearing to Kodak.

The complaint against Fuji alleges infringement of the following five patents:

  * U.S. Patent No. 5,493,335 (“Single Sensor Color Camera With User Selectable Image Record Size”)
  * U.S. Patent No. 6,292,218 (“Electronic Camera For Initiating Capture of Still Images While Previewing Motion Images”)
  * U.S. Patent No. 6,573,927 (“Electronic Still Camera For Capturing Digital Image and Creating a Print Order”)
  * U.S. Patent No. 6,441,854 (“Electronic Camera With Quick Review of Last Captured Image”)
  * U.S. Patent No. 5,164,831 ( “Electronic Still Camera Providing Multi-Format Storage of Full and Reduced Resolution Images”)



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#1 Steve

Kodak folds... the lawyers take over... such a sad way to go out for such a great company.

4:03 pm - Monday, January 16, 2012

#2 Mad Hungarian

Good-bye Kodak. Hello Fuji. (As long as Fuji brings the Made in Japan quality I am a customer.)

4:30 pm - Monday, January 16, 2012

#3 Elliot

Kodak has been around a long time. So have I. I have been in all aspects of the photo industry for 50 years and have watched Kodak mis manange themselves for at least that many.

Now that they are about gone they dare to hurt the toughest competitor out of jealousy with insignificant patents. They boged themselves down for years with incompitent management and now pay the price.

Thank you Fuji for all the years of wonderful products from Film to Cameras and many others.

5:11 pm - Monday, January 16, 2012

#4 Skylightphotos

Minolta tried suing another photo camera manufacturer for patent infringements (dealing with in camera stabilisation), failed and went under. The manufacturer they were trying to sue... Kodak. Now you know the rest of the story....

2:16 am - Tuesday, January 17, 2012