Fujifilm Files Patent-Infringement Lawsuit Against Eastman Kodak

On March 20th, Fujifilm North America reported that Fujifilm Corporation filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Eastman Kodak in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.

Fujifilm has asserted four patents (U.S. Patent Nos. 10,427,443, 10,525,696, 10,875,346, and 11,294,279) pertaining to various aspects of process-ess lithographic printing plate technologies, including method and apparatus claims.

Fujifilm is seeking remedies including damages and injunctive relief related to Eastman Kodak’s unauthorized commercial manufacture, use, offer to sell, or sale within the United States, and/or importation of its process-less lithographic printing plate products that infringe the four asserted patents, including those sold under the product name “SONORA X” and the brand umbrella name “SONORA XTRA”. 

Toyoyuki “Tommy” Katagiri, division president, for Fujifilm Graphic Communication Division, commented: “Fujifilm is committed to protecting its significant research and development investments, and in bringing innovative printing plate technologies to customers around the world. We will enforce and protect our innovation and intellectual property rights in the United States and around the world when we believe others infringe unfairly.”

Separately in October 2023 and December 2023, respectively, Eastman Kodak’s European subsidiaries, Kodak GmbH, Kodak Graphic Communications GmbH, and Kodak Holding GmbH, were sued by FUJIFILM Corporation for infringement of the related European counterparts of the U.S. patents-in-suit in the Unified Patent Court and in Germany. 

“We will continue to protect our intellectual property in process-less lithographic printing plates, to the benefit of our customers, including small, family-owned printing businesses, as well as medium- and large-sized printing businesses,” said Katagiri.