According to Wikipedia Kodak patented the Digital Camera before Apple was founded:Digital Camera:
Apple Inc. :
Steven Sasson as an engineer at Eastman Kodak invented and built the first digital camera using a charge-coupled device image sensor in 1975. He received the National Medal in Technology and Innovation for this invention in 2009.
Apple was established on April 1, 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne, to sell the Apple I personal computer kit. They were hand-built by Wozniak and first shown to the public at the Homebrew Computer Club. The Apple I was sold as a motherboard (with CPU, RAM, and basic textual-video chips)—less than what is today considered a complete personal computer. The Apple I went on sale in July 1976 and was market-priced at $666.66 ($2,572 in 2012 dollars, adjusted for inflation.)
Sort of makes it difficult to claim that you patented something before the company existed, but this has not stopped Apple Inc. from claiming it is their patent along with many other patents owned by Kodak relating to Digital Imaging.
P.S> Sure was nice of Kodak to let the guy who actually invented the digital camera recieve an award for it, rather than the CEO of the company like Apple did regarding their "technical innovations in the music industry" GRAMMY(s), both of which were given to Steve Jobs.
P.S P.S> Of all of the prices that could have been chosen for their first computer, Apple decided on $666! Not $670, not $665 , but $666. Coincidence? Edited by Jagged_Steel - 2/15/12 at 2:49pm