U.S. trade body investigating Apple, RIM over patents

The US International Trade Commission said it will launch an investigation into whether Apple's iPhone and Research In Motion's BlackBerry infringe on a Kodak patent.

The US International Trade Commission on Wednesday said it will launch an investigation into whether Apple's iPhone and Research In Motion's BlackBerry infringe on a Kodak patent.

Eastman Kodak filed a complaint on 14 January, alleging that the systems used to preview images on Apple's and RIM's smart phones infringe on the iconic former film manufacturer's patent.

"In the case of Apple and RIM, we've had discussions for years with both companies in an attempt to resolve this issue amicably, and we have not been able to reach a satisfactory agreement," said Laura Quatela, Kodak's chief intellectual-property officer, in a statement issued at the time of Kodak's original complaint. "In light of that, we are taking this action to ensure that we protect the interests of our shareholders and the existing licensees of our technology."

For more on this story, read U.S. trade body investigating Apple, RIM on CNET News.

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