Samsung is set to rigorously defend its digital imaging technology, after Kodak announced it was suing the camera maker for patent infringement.

On Wednesday, Eastman Kodak announced that it has filed a lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, alleging that it breached five of its digital imaging technology patents.

However, the South Korean giant, which is set to expand its digital camera line-up in the coming years, has hit back claiming that Kodak’s allegations will not stand up in court.

A Samsung spokesman told Amateur Photographer: ‘Samsung Electronics respects the intellectual property rights owned by others, but we will use all legal means necessary to defend our rights against unfounded accusations of patent violation.

‘We will demonstrate in court that Kodak’s unsubstantiated claims do not hold any legal merit.’

Though Eastman Kodak’s website does not name specific models of Samsung camera, the patents in question include one that allows images to be transmitted over a wireless network.

Kodak claims Samsung infringed a patent relating to a ‘Digital Camera with Communications Interface for Selectively Transmitting Images over a Cellular Phone Network and a Wireless LAN Network to a Destination.’

Last week Samsung unveiled three Wi-Fi-enabled ‘Smart’ travel zoom compact cameras: the WB850F, WB150F and ST200F.

Users can upload their images to Samsung’s Allshare Play, a service that allows them to back-up their images to remote servers using online, cloud-based, storage.