Kodak claims smartphone cameras infringe its patents

Trade body to investigate complaint against Apple and RIM

The International Trade Commission is launching an investigation into iPhones and BlackBerrys with digital cameras, after Kodak accused the devices’ manufacturers of infringing its patents.

The commission said it had voted to go ahead with the probe, after Kodak filed a complaint against Apple and Research in Motion on 14 January.

Kodak has requested that the ITC impose an exclusion order and cease and desist orders in order to prevent Apple and RIM from importing the allegedly offending devices.

According to Reuters, Kodak has also filed two lawsuits against Apple, alleging infringement of patents that cover image preview and size functions on cameras, as well as certain other processes.

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