Kodak glares at BlackBerry and iPhone

Happy snapper Eastman Kodak has threatened to remove iPhones and BlackBerrys from shop shelves claiming that Apple and Research in Motion (RIM) nicked its ideas.

The outfit reckons that the cameras used in Apple’s iPhone and RIM’s BlackBerry to preview images infringes on a digital imaging patent it owns.

Kodak is asking the US International Trade Commission (ITC), to refuse to allow the iPhone and Blackberry to be imported unless the pair pay large wodges of cash in used banknotes.

Apparently Kodak has been arguing with Jobs’ Mob and RIM for ages and so far a briefcase of bank notes has not been forthcoming.

Kodak has also filed two lawsuits against Apple in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York on the basis if it can make it there, it can make it anywhere.

The first case claims that two patents related to image preview and the ability to process images of different resolutions did not spring fully formed from the mind of Steve Jobs as Apple fanboys claim. The second suit is about a process by which one computer program can call on another to carry out certain functions.

It is strange that Apple did not heed the warnings and strike a deal and carry on.  Kodak has already won a case against Sun Microsystems in 2002 over the same technology. It has also recently struck deals with Samsung and LG under which the Korean giants will pay Kodak royalties.