Wireless handset manufacturers LG Electronics and Samsung have been targeted by a lawsuit, filed by Eastman Kodak, which accuses both companies of infringing Kodak patents through their design of cell phones that contain integrated digital cameras. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, follows on three years of failed negotiations among the parties on a licensing agreement that would allow the handset makers to use the patents in question. Kodak already has licensing pacts in place with other major cell phone manufacturers that include Motorola, Sony Ericsson and Nokia, which signed its agreement with Kodak earlier this year. Observers also say that, because Kodak derives a significant portion of its revenue from its intellectual property portfolio, the company is increasingly pursuing patent license revenues as a means of offsetting years of losses. According to Kodak’s complaint, the infringed patents cover digital imaging, data compression and storage, and motion picture previewing. The lawsuit and a related complaint filed with the U.S. International Trade Commission seek an injunction barring the import and sale of handsets that contain infringing technology as well as unspecified damages. LG denied the allegations, asserting that “our digital camera technology is different from the one used by Kodak.” Samsung, meanwhile, vowed to “respond actively to this litigation and . . . remain committed to serving our customers by ensuring that accurate and reliable delivery of our products is not compromised in any way.”