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Kodak scores a small victory in Apple patents battle

US court denies Apple's ownership claims on two Kodak patents
Fri Aug 03 2012, 11:16

BANKRUPT IMAGING PIONEER Eastman Kodak won a victory over Apple in a US court today, which rejected Apple's ownership claims on two of Kodak's patents.

Kodak plans to sell 10 of its patents on technology for previewing digital images to pull itself out of bankruptcy.

Apple had claimed that it invented the digital imaging preview technology that Kodak owned.

However, according to a decision filed today, Manhatten Bankruptcy Judge Allan Gropper ruled in favour of Kodak on two of the patents, saying that Apple wasn't quick enough to assert its claims, Bloomberg reports.

"If Apple's claims proceed despite their unreasonably delayed commencement, Kodak might have to go back to the drawing board for ways to fund its case," Judge Gropper wrote.

On the eight other patents, Gropper denied Kodak's motion for summary judgment, but said Kodak could renew the request based on "a more complete record".

The decision comes after Kodak asked Gropper to rule in its favour following the firm's decision to sue Apple in June. Kodak claimed this was because Apple was trying to upset its patent auction, which is scheduled for next week on 8 August.

Last week, Kodak lost a seperate patent lawsuit against Apple and RIM over its technology for previewing digital images.

Kodak had filed that complaint at the US International Trade Commission (ITC) back in January 2010, and claimed that Apple and RIM infringed its patents on the way digital images are previewed on a screen.

Kodak was seeking over $1bn from Apple alone, demanding that it pay licensing fees for using the technology. µ


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