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Kodak sued Apple. Snap. Apple sues back.

April 19, 2010: 3:53 PM ET

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

Image: Patently Apple

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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Philip Elmer-DeWitt has been following Apple since 1982, first for Time Magazine, and now on the Web for Fortune.com.

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