January 2012 Archives
Kodak Eastman, the iconic American manufacturer of photographic equipment, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The move comes after weeks of speculation and rumor suggesting that the 132-year-old company was broke and considering bankruptcy. The bankruptcy petition also comes on the heels of a lawsuit Kodak filed against Apple and HTC claiming that the two companies' smartphones infringed on Kodak's patents for transmitting images over cell networks.
The Justice Department has issued a memorandum that supports President Obama's recent recess appointments that occurred despite the fact that the Senate is conducting pro forma sessions continuously through its scheduled recesses. The memo concludes that the pro forma sessions do not remove the president's ability to exercise a recess appointment since no business is conducted during the sessions.
Another battle has opened up in the smartphone patent wars as struggling photographic equipment manufacturer Eastman Kodak has sued Apple and HTC over the camera and photography software in the two companies' smartphone and tablet computer devices. Kodak alleges that Apple and HTC violated its patents covering the transmission of digital photographs directly from a camera over a cellular phone network or WiFi.