Sun says Kodak suing over Java technology

Sun says Kodak suing over Java technology

Eastman Kodak has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Sun Microsystems over its Java programming technology, Sun said late Tuesday.

The California-based software and hardware maker offered no details of the lawsuit and Eastman Kodak has yet to disclose its filing, which was made in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, according to a statement from Sun.

The lawsuit apparently came after several months of talks between the two companies.

"Based on discussions over many months with Kodak, Sun believes that this suit is without merit, and, accordingly, will defend itself vigorously and is confident that it will prevail," Sun said in the statement.

A Kodak spokesman confirmed the suit Wednesday, saying that it involved infringement of three Java patents which were issued in the mid-1990s.

The spokesman couldn't give any further details of the suit, but did say that the two companies had been in communication over the issue for more than two years before Kodak took its claims to court.

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