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Kodak sues LG and Samsung over alleged patent violations

Ars Technica writes, "Kodak has announced that it is taking LG and Samsung to court over both companies' production of cell phones with integrated digital cameras. In its complaint, filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, Kodak alleges that the digital cameras in cell phones like the LG Shine or Samsung FlipShot violate two of its patents related to digital imaging. The suit, as well a complaint filed with the International Trade Organization, seeks an injunction against the two mobile device makers to bar them from selling devices that infringe on the patents. Kodak also seeks unspecified compensatory damages and "other relief as the Court deems just and proper."

One of the patents in question, US Patent 5,016,107, covers digital still cameras that use image compression and digital storage, which includes just about ever digital camera made in the last 15 years. The other patent, US Patent 5,164,831, deals mainly with processing and storing an additional thumbnail image along with the full-resolution image. These thumbnails are often used to speed display in digital cameras and inapplications like Adobe Lightroom or even Mac OS X's Finder or Windows' Explorer. Both patents, awarded in the early 90's, should expire within the next year."

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