Kodak Claims BlackBerry, iPhone Infringe Patents

Eastman Kodak (NYSE: EK) has taken legal action claiming Apple’s iPhone and Research in Motion’s BlackBerry camera phones infringe on the photography company’s patents, Kodak said on Thursday.

Shares of Kodak jumped in early trading after the company said it filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), alleging that iPhones and BlackBerrys improperly use technology related to a method for previewing images.

Kodak filed two suits in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York against Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) that claim infringement of patents related to digital cameras and certain computer processes.

Kodak, which in recent weeks has settled patent suits against LG Electronics Inc and Samsung Electronics, said it wants compensation for the use of the technology, and is open to talks with Apple and RIM (NASDAQ: RIMM).

However, it is asking the ITC to prevent Apple and RIM from importing infringing devices, including certain mobile telephones and wireless communication devices featuring digital cameras.

In both District Court actions against Apple, Kodak is seeking to permanently enjoin Apple from further infringement as well as unspecified damages.

Shares of Kodak rose 4.5 percent to $5.15 in morning trading on the New York Stock Exchange.

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