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Kodak Sues Samsung over 5 Patents

Kodak was previously thinking of filing a bankruptcy in case it could not sell off enough of its patents. Kodak has already issued licenses to companies, including LG, Nokia and Motorola. However, later the company sued Apple and HTC over infringement of its patents.

The most recent report suggests that Kodak has also sued the South Korean electronics giant over patent infringements. The litigations are made on Samsung tablets particularly for infringing on some of its technology without permission. According to Kodak, the patents that Samsung using without its permission are related to automatic handling of photos, including sending them via email. The detail of the five patents is given below:

U.S. Patent No. 6,292,218 – “Electronic Camera For Initiating Capture of Still Images While Previewing Motion Images”

U.S. Patent No. 7,210,161 – “Automatically Transmitting Images from an Electronic Camera to a Service Provider Using a Network Configuration File”

U.S. Patent No. 7,742,084 – “Network Configuration File for Automatically Transmitting Images from an Electronic Still Camera”

U.S. Patent No. 7,453,605 – “Capturing Digital Images to be Transferred to an E-Mail Address”

U.S. Patent No. 7,936,391 – “Digital Camera with Communications Interface for Selectively Transmitting Images over a Cellular Phone Network and a Wireless LAN Network to a Destination”

It is important to note here that the patents over which Kodak has sued Samsung are similar to the ones Apple and HTC sued for. The company says that before going to file for bankruptcy or offer its patents for sale, it has to defend its intellectual property. There is no doubt that Kodak is a big name in digital photography, although it has not performed actively in its own social offerings.

Kodak has been touting its social sharing functions for the past couple of years and the idea behind them is good. However, the implementation is simply incomplete. Instead of having a one-touch share button that allowed you to directly upload to Facebook, that button allows you to flag a picture. Then you have to hook up your camera to your computer, use Kodak’s software and finally upload it to the service of your choice.

It is clear now that Kodak has decided not to quit quietly and fight for its intellectual property before taking any other decision. What we believe that somewhere far off company is itself responsible for its decline.

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