Kodak is in trouble. Big trouble!
Almost a month after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and mere days after shuttering its digital camera business, now Kodak is in mess where it has to face hostility from Apple.
On Tuesday, 14 February 2012, Apple’s legal team asked a US Bankruptcy Court for permission to file two lawsuits against Kodak: One, with a patent infringement lawsuit in a Manhattan district court, and two, a corollary complaint in the International Trade Center (ITC).
Bloomberg reported that, Apple’s patent suit focuses on technologies that Kodak uses in its line of digital cameras, printers and digital picture frames. Unfortunately for Kodak, printers are one of the product areas it recently decided to focus on, as confirmed in last week’s restructuring announcement. Earlier, Kodak was trying to sue Apple, possibly in a bid to make some money. Apple also countered Kodak with lawsuit of its own.
These two companies, have been involved in an ongoing ITC battle over Kodak’s image transfer technology, with the latest salvo coming last month, whenKodak launched a fresh batch of litigation against both Apple and HTC. If the bankruptcy court grants Apple’s request, Apple could sue Kodak, in the hopes of obtaining a block against Kodak’s allegedly infringing products.