Apple countersues Kodak over patent infringement

After Kodak’s initial lawsuit against Apple and RIM over infringing digital image patents, Apple this week has countersued the imaging company over a few of its own patents. 

In the countersuit, Apple claims that the following Kodak cameras violate Apple’s own patents:

  • Z Series: Z915, Z950 IS, Z1485 IS
  • M Series: M340, M341, M380, M381, M530, M550, MI033, MI093 IS
  • C series: C142, C180, C182, C190, C913
  • Kodak SLICE
  • Z-series video cameras: Zi6, Zi8, Zxl, Zx3 PLAYSPORT

Apple filed with both a U.S. District Court in California and the International Trade Commission to block the sales of infringing products through a loophole in U.S. patent law. Apple claims the following patents in the lawsuit: 

  • Patent #6031964: System and method for using a unified memory architecture to implement a digital camera device
  • Patent #RE38911: Modular digital image processing via an image processing chain with modifiable parameter controls

The Eastman Kodak Company originally filed suit against both Apple and RIM this past January for infringing on patents related to image previewing and digital camera processing. Like Apple has done now, they filed with both a U.S. District Court and the ITC to bar the sales of iPhones and Blackberry mobile phones. 

Image credit Patently Apple.

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yeah, well I hold a patent on a method of word creation by placing an arbitry alphanumeric character before a word..... maybe I should sue apple

Anyone really want a laugh- should read Apples patent then do a search for "kodak digital" on Google Patents.

After doing a reading of the second patent -- All the claims in that support Apples patent that they filed for - the separate parts were filed by Kodak 10 years prior. As well as other parts were filed by Cannon and IBM.

It would be nice to go one week without one company suing another over patents. It has been getting more ridiculous lately.

Yes and after they do...We announce we need a new patent system... Ha! LMAO! Never going to happen... This seems that it's going to happen until 20 years from now when that new patent system is out..

Electric Jolt said,
Yes and after they do...We announce we need a new patent system... Ha! LMAO! Never going to happen... This seems that it's going to happen until 20 years from now when that new patent system is out..

There are several better patent systems outlined these days, actually. They've just all been patented.

Pam14160 said,
. . .and you wonder why things cost so much; go figure.

In the case of Apple, no, there's no mystery there.

Lol, "Image credit: patently apple".

Pretty soon none of us will be able to buy anything internationally; all the children will cry that their basic and easily implementable code is very similar to that run by other companies; where it wasn't a problem before and everyone made money quite happily, now NOBODY can make any haha!

Way to back yourselves into a corner. Both of them are as guilty as each other, there is no winner here, everyone loses out. No profits for both companies, no products for anyone! Fantastic.

We need a new patent system, that's for sure. I think patents are here for a reason, and that's to protect innovation, but when it becomes something lawyers fight over then it's bad.

Can anyone say what those patents actually mean? The first one sounds like, "A system for saving your pictures to memory". How the heck is that patented......sigh.