Kodak, Sony end patent dispute

Eastman Kodak and Sony have ended a three-year patent dispute and entered into a cross-licensing agreement, the two companies have announced.

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Eastman Kodak and Sony have ended a three-year patent dispute and entered into a cross-licensing agreement, the two companies have announced.

Kodak filed a lawsuit in March 2004, accusing Sony of infringing 10 digital camera technology patents issued to Kodak between 1987 and 2003. Sony filed a countersuit, accusing Kodak of infringing 10 of its patents, less than a month later.

Under the agreement, Sony and Kodak will have broad access to each other's patent portfolios, the companies said. They did not disclose the terms of the licensing agreement.

Kodak was pleased to "have reached a mutually beneficial arrangement that advances the interests of the three companies", Laura Quatela, Kodak's managing director of intellectual property transactions, said in a statement.

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