Patents are a big issue and there is a lot of money to be won if you can win your case. In today’s global money which company wouldn’t like to win a case against a competitor? Recently, Samsung submitted a complaint against Kodak over mobile phone camera technology.
Cameras in cell phones have become increasingly big, so a patent over this is not really a surprise. Samsung went to the U.S. International Trade Commission with the intention of blocking Kodak from importing digital cameras into the U.S. The reasoning? Samsung claims that they are violating a patent Samsung holds.
This fight began back in November of 2008, when Kodak filed a suit in the U.S. District Court in Rochester, which claimed Samsung was using their design for capturing, compressing, and storage of images. It will definitely be interesting to see where Samsung and Kodak go with this.
Here’s a quick rundown on what could happen: If one company is held to own the patent, any other company that uses that patented process must either change their process or pay the patent holder a licensing fee.