In the ongoing patent battle between bankrupt photography brand Kodak and Apple, things generally haven’t been going Kodak’s way. In fact, last week saw a ruling against Kodak’s attempts to get the Apple patent litigation fast-tracked due to the company’s chapter 11. Now, Kodak is alleging that Apple’s suits against Kodak are being used to intentionally interfere with Kodak’s attempts to sell its patents as part of bankruptcy.
The patents came out of the companies working together in the 90s, and Kodak seems to think Apple is drawing out the legal fight to make other companies less interested in the patent portfolio.
“Apple’s strategy has been to use its substantial cash position to delay as long as possible the payment of royalties to Kodak” and interfere with the sale, Kodak said.
“Apple and [other defendant] FlashPoint are seeking to benefit from Kodak’s difficult financial position, which will be exacerbated if the debtors cannot obtain fair value for the patents.”