When it rains, it pours, and as if Kodak didn't have enough to worry about already as it ditches the camera business and tries to figure out how to pay back movie studios millions of dollars it owes in unpaid rebates, all while declaring bankruptcy, Apple has decided it wants to dump a patent infringement suit to the company's pile of problems.
According to a Bloomberg report, Apple believes Kodak is infringing on a number of patents that relate to various technologies used in printers, digital cameras, and digital picture frames. Apple, which doesn't need to seek permission from a bankruptcy judge to sue Kodak over patent claims, took the step precautionary of announcing its intentions in a court filing yesterday.
"Apple requests express authority from this court before it initiates the actions out of an abundance of caution," Apple's lawyers wrote in the filing, according to Bloomberg.
This has been an ongoing thing between Apple, Kodak, and Research In Motion (RIM). It dates back to 2010 when Kodak sued Apple and RIM for allegedly infringing patents relating to technologies found in smartphone cameras. The issue was never fully settled, and Apple later fired back with a lawsuit of its own saying it was the rightful owner of an image-preview patent that's at the heart of all this.