And so, the iconic Eastman Kodak Company continues to unravel. The company has been in hot water financially for a while now. Aside from other camera manufacturers overtaking them and taking the lead, more customers are now using smartphones to shoot images instead of old P&S cameras. You know, like the ones that Kodak is offering.
To fend off bankruptcy, Kodak has begun selling off some of their patents. Maybe somewhere in the process of going over all the patents under their firm, they discovered that other companies had been using technology without paying them any royalties. Either that, or Kodak just wants to make a quick buck from their lawsuits–that is, if they manage to win any of them.
Kodak has already sued Apple and HTC. The company has also filed some suits against fellow manufacturer Fujifilm for patent infringement. The next one on their hit list (or rather, sue list) is Samsung.
Kodak is accusing Samsung for using patented technology on some of their tablets. According to the suit, Samsung is infringing upon the following Kodak patents:
- 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”
So what do you think? Are Kodak’s days numbered?
Update: It looks like I spoke too soon. Kodak has filed for bankruptcy amid plans to complete restructuring the entire company by 2013.