Bloomberg BusinessWeek is reporting that U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) granted a request made by Kodak last month calling for an investigation of Research in Motion and Apple to look at possible infringement on Kodak-held patents regarding digital camera technologies. The U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington said today it will consider the complaint filed […]
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International Trade Commission Looks Into Apple and RIM After Kodak Complaint

logo_Kodak_logo-NEW-RGB.jpgBloomberg BusinessWeek is reporting that U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) granted a request made by Kodak last month calling for an investigation of Research in Motion and Apple to look at possible infringement on Kodak-held patents regarding digital camera technologies.

The U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington said today it will consider the complaint filed last month and decide whether to ban the imports after Kodak claimed that the companies refused to pay patent royalties on digital-camera technology. Kodak also has a civil lawsuit pending.

Kodak, based in Rochester, New York, claims in the ITC case that Apple and RIM are infringing a patent related to ways to preview images. The civil suit, only against Apple, concerns that patent and additional ones for digital cameras and computer processes.

In their complaint, Kodak stated that they had worked with both RIM and Apple for years to try to resolve the dispute. Kodak also noted that disruption of sales for RIM and Apple is not their “primary interest”. This statement suggests that when Kodak asked the ITC to ban the import of these devices into the U.S. was probably used to gain leverage with the other companies in future negotiations.

It is unlikely we will see the import of these devices halted any time soon, and ITC’s investigation into this ordeal isn’t at all unprecedented. They normally look into issues like these.

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