Let’s be real: Kodak is flailing. Not long after the company underwent a major change in leadership, rumors started floating around that it was preparing to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy. And now, just a few days later, they’ve sued Apple and HTC, accusing the two companies of patent infringement on digital imaging techniques. This is a bold move for a company purportedly on the brink of bankruptcy (though it has yet to acknowledge it), especially considering that Apple’s market value is more than 2,400 times greater than Kodak’s.
The two lawsuits accuse the smartphone makers of using Kodak’s image transmission technology without permission. Kodak claims it obtained the contested patents after it realized that people would like to be able to share their photos directly with their friends, rather than first putting them on a computer. Apple and HTC are allegedly infringing these patents by selling and importing mobile devices with cameras, such as the iPad and iPhone, among others.