N.Y. – Eastman Kodak (NYSE: EK) has filed
patent infringement claims with the U.S. International Trade Commission against
Apple (NASD: AAPL) and Research in Motion (NASD: RIMM), related to the cameras in the companies’
respective smartphones. Kodak claims that the iPhone and BlackBerry are
infringing a Kodak patent that covers technology related to a method for
The complaints ask the agency to bar imports of the devices
from their overseas manufacturers.
Separately, Kodak said it filed two lawsuits
against Apple in federal court in New
York, which allege infringement of Kodak patents
related to "digital cameras and certain computer processes."
suits, Kodak seeks a court order to stop Apple’s alleged infringements, and
unspecified monetary damages.
Kodak, which holds more than 1,000 digital
imaging-related patents, has so far licensed its technology to around 30
companies, including Motorola, Nokia, LG and Sony Ericsson, the Associated