Kodak and Sony settle digital-imaging patent dispute

JANUARY 4--Eastman Kodak Company (Rochester, NY, USA) has entered into a technology cross-license agreement with Sony Corporation that will allow each company broad access to the other's patent portfolio.

Jan 4th, 2007

JANUARY 4--Eastman Kodak Company (Rochester, NY, USA) has entered into a technology cross-license agreement with Sony Corporation that will allow each company broad access to the other's patent portfolio. Kodak also has entered into a technology cross license with Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications AB that will allow Sony Ericsson access to Kodak technology for Sony Ericsson's products. Kodak will also have access to Sony Ericsson's technology. The license agreements are royalty bearing to Kodak. Additional financial terms were not disclosed.

"We are pleased to have reached a mutually beneficial arrangement that advances the interests of the three companies," said Laura G. Quatela, managing director, intellectual property transactions, and vice president, Eastman Kodak Company. "These cross-license agreements give us broad access to the technology of Sony and Sony Ericsson and validate the strength of Kodak's intellectual property portfolio."

Separately, the companies agreed to conclude their patent litigation, which involved a subset of their imaging technologies.

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