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Kodak sued Apple. Snap. Apple sues back.

Cupertino claims Rochester has infringed on two of its patents; seeks a jury trial

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In February, Eastman Kodak (EK) filed a patent suit against Apple (AAPL) at the U.S. International Trade Commission over digital camera technology used in the iPhone.

On April 15, Apple counter sued, listing two of its own patents and several models of Kodak’s M series, C series, SLICE and video cameras that it claims has violated them.

Patently Apple has the story.

This is typical Apple strategy. It rarely initiates patent suits — the HTC suit being the exception. More often, it reaches into its portfolio of granted patents to fend off competitors that take it to court.

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