The patents cover image capture, data compression and storage, as well as methods of previewing motion images.
Kodak chief intellectual property officer Laura Quatela stated, “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 in order to ensure that we protect the interests of our shareholders and existing licensees of Kodak digital camera patents.”
The complaint has been filed in the United States District Court and Kodak seeks undisclosed compensation for damages, as well as an attempt to stop further importation of products that are cited in the complaints.
To date, Kodak has licensed its imaging patents to manufacturers that include Motorola, Nokia and Sony Ericsson.