Tainted image

Eastman Kodak has filed legal complaints against Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics for infringing its digital camera patents that cover image capture, compression and data storage.


Eastman Kodak has filed legal complaints against Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics for infringing its digital camera patents covering image capture, compression and data storage.


Kodak filed the complaints against Samsung and LG in the US District Court for the Western District of New York, as well as in the US International Trade Commission.


Kodak’s District Court complaints request compensation for damages resulting from the companies’ infringement, and both the District Court and ITC actions seek injunctions prohibiting Samsung and LG from importing and selling products cited in the complaints.


‘We’ve held discussions with both companies in an attempt to resolve this issue and have not been able to reach a satisfactory agreement. Consequently, we must take this legal action to ensure that we protect the interests of our shareholders and existing licensees of Kodak digital camera patents,’ said Laura G Quatela, chief intellectual property officer and a vice-president of Eastman Kodak Company.


Kodak has licensed its imaging patents to several leading technology companies including MEI/Panasonic, Motorola, Nokia, Olympus, Sanyo, Sharp, Sony, Sony Ericsson and others.


Kodak did not disclose the amount of damages it is pursuing from Samsung or LG.