Kodak Sues Apple and RIM over Patent Violation

"Eastman Kodak has accused both Apple and Research in Motion of infringing on its camera technology patents and using the same without permission in their iPhone and Blackberry mobile products respectively."

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Eastman Kodak has accused both Apple and Research in Motion of infringing on its camera technology patents and using the same without permission in their iPhone and Blackberry mobile products respectively. The accusations have led the US International Trade Commission to initiate investigations against both manufacturers.

According to Kodak, the integrated digital camera technology used by both Apple and RIM in their smartphones is patented by them. Kodak filed its first complaint last month and followed it up with federal lawsuits against both companies. The camera technology major was already in negotiations with the two companies, but the talks broke down. Now the suits seek compensation for Kodak from Apple and RIM for using its technology. By initiating the investigation, the Trade Commission has effectively blocked all import and sale of devices that supposedly infringe on patents.

The lawsuit is not the first for Kodak. It got into a similar tussle with Samsung last year, which had resulted in both companies filing cases against each other for patent infringement. The two Asia tech giants however, managed to avoid US International Trade Commission investigation by signing a cross-licensing agreement.

It now remains to be seen whether RIM and Apple can reach similar agreements with Kodak. As of now, neither company has responded to Kodak’s accusations. If Kodak wins the lawsuits, Apple and RIM might face import bans, which would severely undermine their positions in the US. Neither company has manufacturing facilities in the US; both import all their handsets from cheaper manufacturing facilities abroad. So if the import ban comes through, they might effectively lose their US markets.

The only options available to Apple and RIM are to compensate Kodak or sign cross-licensing agreements with the company.

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05-02-2010, 08:34:13

thestepster
been lookin about and cant find it, everywhere says its in my docs but that folders empty, im on win 7 x64 :)

any help would be appreciated needing it b4 i do a fresh install of window asap :)

05-02-2010, 10:33:22

Youngie1337
C:\Documents and Settings\local settings\application data\rockstar games\GTA IV\save games\

05-02-2010, 10:41:49

thestepster
all that folder has is music :(

05-02-2010, 10:43:09

Youngie1337
I hope you have hidden folders viewable?:D.

[video=youtube;VStenY5fOK4]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VStenY5fOK4[/video]

05-02-2010, 10:46:12

thestepster
just went and looked and i have show hidden folder :(

[IMG]http://i46.tinypic.com/ojqikm.jpg[/IMG]

05-02-2010, 10:51:01

Youngie1337

just went and looked and i have show hidden folder :(



Hmmm weird.

I don't have it on Steam so I have no idea to check myself.

Just refer to this topic.

http://forums.steampowered.com/forums/showthread.php?t=840657

05-02-2010, 10:56:46

thestepster
yeah ive had a look @ that and nowt i hate steam last time ill be gettin a game from them not being able to find the saves :cussing:
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