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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Ed W. Cogburn
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2009-07-24

but just say you have an idea, a concept, but don't have the engineering expertise to make it a reality.


Yet, both Nokia and Kodak *do* have the necessary engineering expertise, in spades (too many people - especially here - seem to forget that Nokia is the largest *global* maker of smartphones - Apple is king only in the US). Their patents are on specific implementations of hardware. Its the software patents that are far more problematic: moving closer to just 'ideas' rather than specific physical implementations.

(Although for the record they both, hardware & software patents, can be, and are, abused. I'm not thrilled with the current patent system, but software patents are more abused, by far.)

I'm wondering if Kodak is just following Nokia's tacit lead on this, and is now 'piling on'. Apple refused to play with the established big-boys in the hardware world (where cross-licensing is the norm - and as Apple is now learning, really a necessity), and is now paying a price for their arrogance?

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