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KODAK OFFERS ONLINE PHOTO-SHARING VIA LICENSING.

Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, N.Y., is now making proprietary Kodak Internet technologies available to the Internet photography marketplace through a new network patent-licensing program.

As a result of significant, early investments in research and development, Kodak already owns a portfolio of 24 issued patents related to Internet photography and network services, including photo sharing and storage patents, with many additional patents pending.

Kodak's current network patent portfolio addresses the following:

- End-to-End Photo Network: Including the ability to upload digital or film photos as high- or low-resolution images, then use an online network to place a print order.

- Photo-Sharing System: Including selectively sharing all types of digital images over a network.

- Photo Hub System: Including networked systems for distributing or retrieving images and using multiple image scanners connected to a hub system.

- Creative picture editing: Including adding background templates, text or multi-image layouts to online photos.

"The network patent licensing program marks an important opportunity for Kodak to capitalize on the substantial investments and innovation the company has made through its research and development efforts," said Willy Shih, president, Digital & Applied Imaging, and senior vice president, Eastman Kodak Company. "This will drive industry growth by encouraging the common use of standards that ultimately will benefit consumers. These standards will help deliver the best digital and photo technologies to the marketplace in the form of easier-to-use, higher-quality services."

Kodak has started implementing the network patent licensing program. The company expects to sign additional agreements with industry partners throughout the year.

About Eastman Kodak Company

Eastman Kodak Company is a leader in photography--traditional, digital and online--with sales of nearly $14 billion for 2000. Committed to making digital photography easy and accessible, Kodak is a leading supplier of digital cameras and inkjet media.

Kodak also provides a range of consumer digital services, which make it easy for consumers to experience the benefits of digital photography while using traditional film cameras. The Kodak Picture Center Online at CVS.com, Kodak Picture CD, Kodak PhotoNet online, "You've Got Pictures" in cooperation with America Online, and Kodak Picture Disk are available through participating retailers. These services, along with the Print@Kodak Internet photofinishing service and kodak.com, make Kodak a leader in this emerging new field.

For more information, visit http://www.kodak.com or call 716/781-5481.
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