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  • Apple Gets ITC To Look into Kodak Patent Suit



    Apple has an impressive ability to turn the tables.

    Some will recall Kodak accusing Apple of violating imaging patents and rattling its saber all while generating headlines that seemingly implicated Apple of substantial wrongdoing. But in short order, Apple turned around and slapped a lawsuit of its own against Kodak. That countersuit has now been accepted for review by the US International Trade Commission.

    In the lawsuit, the legal eagles in Cupertino assert that a variety of Kodak cameras expressly violate a similar assortment of patents owned by Apple. And, to be clear, Apple isn't making wild accusations without particulars. Explicitly outlined are several specific patents, like No. 6,031,934 or "Computer vision system for subject characterization." What does that mean exactly and how did Kodak violate this patent? It will likely be some time before we get any answers. Still, the ITC thinks Apple has a point. And, for the time being, that's all that seems to matter.

    ITC announced three months ago, however, that would also probe Kodak's claims against Apple - claims that have been suggested to be "tenuous" by some industry analysts. Kodak is arguing that the iPhone violates a Kodak patent that's pertinent to previewing images.

    Overall, the Apple brand has been bandied about the ITC a lot lately. As yours truly reported earlier this week, HTC Corp filed a patent infringement case against Apple on Wednesday. In doing so, HTC requested from the U.S. International Trade Commission an “immediate ban on U.S. sales” of iPhones, iPads and iPods. HTC's suit, however, was a legal reaction to a suit filed against it by Apple two months ago.

    All told, Apple is now involved in no shortage of suits and countersuits for the ITC to sort out.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Gets ITC To Look into Kodak Patent Suit started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 6 Comments
    1. clarky8's Avatar
      clarky8 -
      They all spend more time on law suits then they do improving products
    1. PAKIS-RULEZ's Avatar
      PAKIS-RULEZ -
      hahaha i am praying apple loses lolzzz they sued too many poor companies and put 100s of ppl out of job I wish apple lose the suites against all companies every one is mad with apple not just because they r famous but just because apple is ignorant and make bad comments about other companies.. (ex: one of them was flash lol) f apple in ***! n steve jobs
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      Quote Originally Posted by PAKIS-RULEZ View Post
      hahaha i am praying apple loses lolzzz they sued too many poor companies and put 100s of ppl out of job I wish apple lose the suites against all companies every one is mad with apple not just because they r famous but just because apple is ignorant and make bad comments about other companies.. (ex: one of them was flash lol) f apple in ***! n steve jobs
      dude, thats how companies work, especially when they are that big.
      besides, lots of people are making cash from working in or with these lawsuits...
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      These suits have become so frequent that it's become quite boring. I can't wait til things actually play out and penalties are finally handed out, now that will be very fun to watch unfold.
    1. PAKIS-RULEZ's Avatar
      PAKIS-RULEZ -
      Quote Originally Posted by paganizonda83 View Post
      These suits have become so frequent that it's become quite boring. I can't wait til things actually play out and penalties are finally handed out, now that will be very fun to watch unfold.

      lol so true man lol apple get fine of 20 billion $ dam so waiting on this one lol
    1. rkswat's Avatar
      rkswat -
      Quote Originally Posted by PAKIS-RULEZ View Post
      hahaha i am praying apple loses lolzzz they sued too many poor companies and put 100s of ppl out of job I wish apple lose the suites against all companies every one is mad with apple not just because they r famous but just because apple is ignorant and make bad comments about other companies.. (ex: one of them was flash lol) f apple in ***! n steve jobs
      Not trying to be a jerk but.... .what?