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Fujifilm sues Kodak over patent infringement

EditorBrando Bricchi
Published 03/20/2024, 01:51 PM
Updated 03/20/2024, 01:51 PM
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HANOVER PARK, Ill. - FUJIFILM North America Corporation has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: KODK) in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. The lawsuit, announced today, involves four patents related to processless lithographic printing plate technologies.

Fujifilm, a subsidiary of FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation, alleges that Kodak's manufacture, use, and sale of certain processless lithographic printing plate products, specifically those under the SONORA X and SONORA XTRA brands, infringe upon Fujifilm's patents. The patents in question are U.S. Patent Nos. 10,427,443, 10,525,696, 10,875,346, and 11,294,279, which cover various aspects of the technology including methods and apparatus.

The company is seeking remedies that include damages and injunctive relief to prevent Kodak from continuing the alleged infringing activities. Fujifilm's division president, Toyoyuki "Tommy" Katagiri, stated that the company is determined to protect its research and development investments and to enforce its intellectual property rights in the U.S. and globally.

This legal action follows separate lawsuits filed by FUJIFILM Corporation against Eastman Kodak's European subsidiaries in October and December of 2023 for infringement of related European counterparts of the U.S. patents.

Fujifilm's Graphic Communication Division, one of the five operating divisions of FUJIFILM North America Corporation, is involved in supplying products and services to the graphic printing industry. The company emphasizes its commitment to innovation and the protection of intellectual property, which it believes benefits a wide range of customers, including small family-owned and larger printing businesses.

The news of this lawsuit comes as Fujifilm continues to position itself as a leader in various technology sectors, including imaging, electronic imaging, graphic communication, and optical devices. For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2023, FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation reported global revenues of approximately 2.9 trillion yen ($21 billion USD).

This report is based on a press release statement from FUJIFILM Holdings America Corporation.

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