1988 â¿¿ Global payroll peaks at 145,300.1992 â¿¿ Kodak launches a writeable CD that its first customer, MCI, used for producing telephone bills for corporate accounts. 2003 â¿¿ Launch of Kodak Easyshare printer dock 6000, which produces durable, borderless 4-by-6-inch prints. 2004 â¿¿ Kodak begins digital makeover, the same year it gets ejected from the 30-stock Dow Jones industrial average. It cuts tens of thousands of jobs as it closes factories and changes businesses. 2008 â¿¿ Kodak begins mining its patent portfolio, which generates nearly $2 billion in fees over three years. 2010 â¿¿ Kodak sues Apple Inc. and Research in Motion Ltd. before the U.S. International Trade Commission, claiming the smartphone makers are infringing its 2001 patent for technology that lets a camera preview low-resolution versions of a moving image while recording still images at higher resolutions. Global employment falls to 18,800. July 20, 2011 â¿¿ Kodak begins shopping around its 1,100 digital-imaging patents. Sept. 27 â¿¿ Moody's Investors Services downgrades all of its debt ratings for Kodak, citing ongoing weakness in the company's core business operations and the likelihood that flagging demand will hamper results indefinitely. Oct. 3 â¿¿ Kodak confirms it has hires Jones Day, a law firm that lists bankruptcies and restructuring among its specialties. Oct. 16 â¿¿ Kodak says Imax Co is licensing thousands of patents covering laser projection technology, giving Kodak millions of dollars in revenue. The Kodak patents will allow Imax to provide high-quality digital content for theater screens larger than 80 feet and domed theaters for the first time. Screens that large had previously been limited to film content. Dec. 19 â¿¿ Judge extends Apple camera-patent dispute into 2012. Dec. 22 â¿¿ Kodak says it has agreed to sell its gelatin business as it looks to boost its dwindling cash reserves. The product is used in photographic and printing processes as well as in food, pharmaceuticals.