Kodak has announced that they have received a determination from the U.S. International Trade Commission which rejects the company’s claims that Apple and Research in Motion violated Kodak held patents regarding digital camera technology. Here’s an excerpt: Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) today announced that it has received notice that the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) in […]
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Kodak Losing Patent Fight with Apple and RIM

kodakextColor_210.jpgKodak has announced that they have received a determination from the U.S. International Trade Commission which rejects the company’s claims that Apple and Research in Motion violated Kodak held patents regarding digital camera technology.
Here’s an excerpt:

Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) today announced that it has received notice that the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) in the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) action brought by Kodak against Apple Inc. and Research In Motion Limited (RIM) has issued an initial determination recommending that the patent claim at issue is invalid and not infringed. The patent at issue relates to a technology invented by Kodak for previewing images on a digital camera-enabled device. This particular Kodak patent was recently confirmed as valid by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Although this is the initial determination, Kodak still says that they are “extremely confident” that their case will hold up. Regardless, the final determination will be held on May 23rd.

I don’t think Kodak will get very far. To my mind, this strikes me as an attempt to cash in on the success of Apple and RIM, and make money off of patent trolling.

In case you are interested, I’ve been covering this story for awhile, all the way back to when I was at Mactropolis.

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