Kodak have issued patent infringement claims against both Apple and RIM (Research in Motion).
RIM are the company behind the Blackberry range of smartphones, Apple make (amongst other products) the iPhone and the iPod. The claim is that both RIM and Apple are infringing Kodak’s patent 6,292,218.
The patent in question covers image previewing and Kodak have requested that there be an injunction against the defendants preventing the importation of infringing devices which includes: “certain mobile telephones and wireless communication devices featuring digital cameras”.
According to RIM: “Our primary interest is not to disrupt the availability of any product but to obtain fair compensation for the use of our technology…There’s a basic issue of fairness that needs to be addressed. Those devices use Kodak technology, and we are merely seeking compensation for the use of our technology in their products.”
Needless to say the ramifications of this case could be massive, you might even be reading this on your iPhone or Blackberry. Suffice to say that neither Apple or RIM will be prepared to lose the case and one would imagine that a settlement is looming.