Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Jan 2010 16:26 UTC
Legal "Eastman Kodak has issued lawsuits against both Apple and Blackberry maker Research in Motion, claiming neither of them has licensed its patents despite using the technology described therein and having been warned about it by Kodak. The photography pioneer said the alleged infringement centred on intellectual property protecting a method for previewing colour images and the processing of images of different resolutions. It filed complaints against both Apple and RIM with the US District Court for Western New York."
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Another piggy-back rider
by mrhasbean on Thu 14th Jan 2010 23:02 UTC
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Like Nokia, Kodak have developed some great technologies over the years, but also like Nokia they have failed to bring anything to market to really ignite the imagination of the target market. The problem I have with a lot of these patent claims is that they have in many cases developed technologies inspired by some of the great science fiction writers. They weren't actually original ideas. They rode on the shoulders of other people's genius and created the hardware to fit the bill, now they are trying to make money off others who really did the same thing but more successfully.

I was thinking of the Nokia / Apple suit the other day and my mind wandered to the concept videos Apple did in 1987'ish of the Knowledge Navigator (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knowledge_Navigator). That "device" included a number of the ideas that are in current production systems, including wireless "internet" access, wireless telephony, a camera, gesture based input and memory card slot, but the technology was nowhere in sight when that video was made. And that's just one example.

How long are we going to put up with companies making money off other's hard work by claiming rights to something that they didn't conceptualise in the first place?

Edited 2010-01-14 23:04 UTC

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