Apple seeks permission to sue already bankrupt Kodak

Apple seeks permission to sue already bankrupt Kodak

Summary: Apple is seeking permission to sue Kodak for alleged patent infringement.

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Though Kodak is bankrupt, Apple is seeking permission from the courts to sue the company anyway for alleged patent infringement.

The patents in question relate to technologies used in printers, digital cameras, and digital picture frames, according to Bloomberg.

Kodak cannot do much for the time being in response to the claims, as it waits for a bankruptcy judge to decide its fate. But Apple is looking to that very judge to open the doors for a claim.

A filing showed that Apple intends to file a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission and a separate corresponding suit in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, which could lead to a court order blocking Kodak from using the patents.

Should Apple succeed in dragging Kodak further into financial decline, it's unlikely that a successful case would result in the handing over of cash.

The former photography giant fell into difficulties late last year and began the process for selling off its assets in a bid to save money. It fell behind in the digital market and began to transform itself into a printing company rather than one that sold film for cameras. It began and continued to produce digital cameras, but ultimately failed to compete with the then emerging market.

Since then, however, Kodak filed for bankruptcy. It listed total assets of $5.1 billion but a debt of $6.8 billion in its bankruptcy filing.

Kodak has over 1,100 patents it wants to sell. The patents could be worth as much as $2--3 billion. Since 2008, Kodak has generated nearly $2 billion in royalties and licensing fees from key patents it retains.

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  • RE: Apple seeks permission to sue already bankrupt Kodak

    Talk about kicking them while they're down.
    Aerowind
    • RE: Apple seeks permission to sue already bankrupt Kodak

      they want the patents
      merio74
  • Gotta Hurt PR

    Surely even Apple will get hurt out of suing an American icon when they're already in bankruptcy.
    WebSiteManager
  • RE: Apple seeks permission to sue already bankrupt Kodak

    Isn't this a counter suit by Apple? Kodak sued Apple and others first in 2010 and won. Then sued again in Jan 2012?
    dave95.
    • RE: Apple seeks permission to sue already bankrupt Kodak

      @dave95.
      You are correct. While I see Kodak as less of a patent troll, I think desperation rather than pure greed drove them to court. Still sucks though...
      kirovs@...
  • RE: Apple seeks permission to sue already bankrupt Kodak

    Apple is now firmly No1 on my "Most disgusting company" list. MS is now a distant 2nd.
    kirovs@...
    • RE: Apple seeks permission to sue already bankrupt Kodak

      @kirovs@...
      Kodak sued first. All their patent trolling got them nowhere.
      ScorpioBlue
      • RE: Apple seeks permission to sue already bankrupt Kodak

        @ScorpioBlue
        True fanboy. Turn a blind eye when your favourite company is patent trolling, but call others on the exact same behaviour. Not that you ever have anything to add to any discussion.... other than LOL! over and over again.
        kstap
      • LOL

        @ScorpioBlue
        That's a good one, ScorpioBlue! :D
        William Farrel
      • RE: Apple seeks permission to sue already bankrupt Kodak

        @kris_stapley@...

        Well hi, krissy_wissie? How's it going? Get your hair done today?

        lol... :D
        ScorpioBlue
      • RE: Apple seeks permission to sue already bankrupt Kodak

        Hey wille

        I actually don't consider Apple (or even MS) patent trolls. Unlike Kodak which no longer produces anything except legal teams and mountains of paperwork to get them in and out of trouble.

        I wish Apple success on this. I really do.
        ScorpioBlue
    • RE: Apple seeks permission to sue already bankrupt Kodak

      @kirovs@...

      As usual...the scum always rises to the top.
      It'sNotMe
    • Translation: I buy the tech press indoctrination that suing over IP

      is disgusting, greedy, evil, etc. and that being in bankruptcy is noble, virtuous and pure.
      baggins_z
  • RE: Apple seeks permission to sue already bankrupt Kodak

    Their latest product will be called the "iSuck".
    timspublic1@...
    • And you're the inventor

      Right?

      ;)
      ScorpioBlue
    • LOL!

      @timspublic1@...
      That's a good one ScorpioBlue! :)
      William Farrel
      • I thought so too, wille

        [i]That's a good one ScorpioBlue![/i]

        I thought so too, wille

        Now you can pray to me. Your Lord and Master. NOW.

        lol... :D
        ScorpioBlue
    • RE: Apple seeks permission to sue already bankrupt Kodak

      @timspublic1@... And you do it so well.
      athynz
  • RE: Apple seeks permission to sue already bankrupt Kodak

    Wow... The Apple's greed knows no bounds. I wonder what was the Kodak's "alleged patent infringement"?
    Samic
  • RE: Apple seeks permission to sue already bankrupt Kodak

    Makes no sense to me. You think a company with products that are far and away exceeding anything the patents Kodak could offer, would just drop it and move on with bigger and better things. Especially when they are pulling in Billions of profit every quarter and have $100 Billion in cash. Just shows how greedy and heavy handed they are and how much they can't stand competition of any sort!
    OhTheHumanity