Kodak sues Sony over digital cameras

Camera maker Eastman Kodak has launched a federal lawsuit against Sony, saying its rival's digital cameras and camcorders infringe on Kodak patents.

The suit, which seeks unspecified damages and an injunction barring further infringement, was filed late on Monday in U.S. District Court in Rochester, N.Y., according to Kodak spokesman Gerard Meuchner. Meuchner said the suit alleges that various Sony products infringe on 10 Kodak technology patents that were issued between 1987 and 2003.

A Sony representative declined to comment. It appears Kodak may have more than just Sony in its crosshairs. Meuchner said the camera maker is interested in licensing its technology to companies that may be using its intellectual property, but declined to name those manufacturers or say whether it is in discussions with them. "We cannot discuss talks we may or may not be having with others," Meuchner said, adding that he also cannot speculate on whether more suits may be in the offing.

News source: C|Net News.com

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