Kodak suffers setback in IT patent suit vs. Apple, RIM

Kodak suffers setback in IT patent suit vs. Apple, RIM

Summary: Kodak lost a preliminary ruling in an International Trade Commission patent suit against Apple and Research in Motion.

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Kodak said Monday that it lost a ruling in an International Trade Commission patent suit against Apple and Research in Motion.

In a statement, Kodak said that a judge determined that its patent claim arguing that Apple and RIM were infringing on image preview technology in digital cameras was invalid.

The company added that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) upheld Kodak's claim.

Although the ruling was a setback, the final ITC ruling will come May 23. That ruling will be handed down by a commission instead of one judge.

Laura G. Quatela, Kodak's general counsel, said:

The (judge's) recommendation represents a preliminary step in a process that we are extremely confident will conclude in Kodak’s favor. This very same Kodak patent was upheld by a different ALJ at the ITC in our case against LG and Samsung, whose products use the very same Kodak technology to function in the very same manner as similar products from Apple and RIM. What’s more, the attorneys at the ITC’s Office of Unfair Import Investigations, which separately examined this case, agree with Kodak’s interpretation of the patent. We fully expect the ITC Commission will ultimately rule that the patent claim at issue is valid and infringed by Apple and RIM.

Kodak filed its ITC complaint a little more than a year ago. Kodak's suit is one of many in the wireless device industry over patents.

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  • Awesome!

    Kodak is a stupid, lazy company. Hope they go under.
    james347
    • RE: Kodak suffers setback in IT patent suit vs. Apple, RIM

      @james347

      I think stupid and lazy is copying or using someone else's work, so I presume you feel the same way about Apple and RIM ;-)
      tonymcs@...
      • You do know that the patent in question is for displaying an image

        @tonymcs@... Something that has being available since the 1st digital image was created .... and it wasn't created by Kodak. It was done in 1957 by an independent scientist called Russell Kirsch.
        wackoae
      • RE: Kodak suffers setback in IT patent suit vs. Apple, RIM

        @tonymcs@...

        Kodak is just looseein ground in the market. They Stole the sales margin frm HP, now HP is commin to take it back. personally i think tha tit is the People waking up and noticign that kodak Doesn't save that that much in ink but that they are cheaper to being filled less. Yeah if that is possible. the print technology and it's methods Kodak uses might save ink, but not like it is advertised. The replacable head yeah that is nice, but really that is allt he kodak Printer has, and Frankly I can't stand the print preview, they deserve this personally. so what Apple and RIM may have barrowed components of it, but what they probably did was make it better. Now Kodak is upset about it, tha tsomeone else again optimiezd there technology to work better!!
        Ez_Customs
      • RE: Kodak suffers setback in IT patent suit vs. Apple, RIM

        @Wackoae... Didn't he just invent digital scanning? I think the 1st digital camera was created by Kodak in 1975. Oh, and the dcs 100 was launched in 1991 which Apple had zero to do with.
        TKR1
  • Kodak has a long history of digital innovation....

    Oh dear, lets go through some of this stuff:<br><br>"Kodak has invented many of the fundamental innovations used in virtually every digital camera today - including the Bayer color filter array,"<br><br>1976? Living in the past are we?<br><br>"the first color MEGAPIXEL sensor,"<br>I've marked the get-out word that lets them state an misleading claim, CCD was invented by Bell labs in the 60's.<br><br>"the first EFFECTIVE color preview for a digital camera,"<br>Not the first, just claiming to be the first 'effective',one.<br><br>"the first color CONSUMER digital camera,"<br>Consumer added here to try to pull it forward in time from 1976. You had colour TV and video recorders came in in 1972.<br><br>" and the basic digital architecture utilized by nearly<br>every present-day digital camera."<br><br>Fluff. Ultimately Apple use stock components for their camera and Kodak has only fluff patents left from the shameful USPTO decade.
    guihombre
    • RE: Kodak suffers setback in IT patent suit vs. Apple, RIM

      @guihombre
      And Apple invented video calls on cellphones, rectangular shapes, touch screens, apps etc etc?
      What's good for the goose is good for the gander.
      TKR1