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01-25-2011, 02:48 PM #1
Major Setback for Kodak in Suit Against Apple, RIM
It certainly wasn't a Kodak moment for the folks at Eastman Kodak Company today. On Tuesday, Bloomberg reported that Kodak has been "handed a setback" in its ITC case against Apple. Kodak alleges that Apple - and RIM - owe the purported maker of the first ever digital camera royalty payments on a "common image-preview feature used" employed by smartphones including the iPhone and BlackBerry.
The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that neither the iPhone or the BlackBerry violate Kodak’s patent. The judge's ruling, however, must still be reviewed for final approval by a review board. The six-member commission has the power to block imports of products that infringe upon US patents. Certainly, the setback for Kodak does not bode favorably for the iconic 130-year-old camera maker, which has been "trying to drum up royalties from its more than 1,000 digital-imaging patents to fund a shift to more modern devices."
As we've seen countless times before in lawsuits involving Apple, the legal eagles in Cupertino have a case of their own against Kodak. A patent-infringement complaint was filed at the ITC by Apple with a trial scheduled to begin in less than one week - Monday, January 31st in Washington. Similarly, RIM has a civil lawsuit pending in federal court that effectively challenges the validity of Kodak patents, including the one in the ITC case.
01-25-2011, 03:17 PM #2
I guess it was a good shot... But that's such a simple feature... Are they speaking specifically about the camera roll? I can't open Bloomberg from my awesome computer with restrictions and IE6.
EDIT: Not my computer... The one here at the hospital where I work. I'd never subject myself to IE again, let alone 6.
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01-25-2011, 03:20 PM #3It certainly wasn't a Kodak moment for the folks at Eastman Kodak Company today.EVGA P55LE Mobo/Core firstname.lastname@example.org/Corsair H50
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01-25-2011, 03:35 PM #4
Kodak is just sad, trying to make money, off others success. Because there company is tanking.
01-25-2011, 04:38 PM #5
01-25-2011, 04:52 PM #6
Damned Garfield's eyes!!!
01-25-2011, 05:50 PM #7
Kodak should just go too hell, along with it's chitty products
01-25-2011, 06:06 PM #8
Hey Kodak, shuttup and make me a CameraName? whereswaldo
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01-25-2011, 08:49 PM #9
i guess they might be violating that patent but the feature is so simple and i dont see how you could go around this featureYou don't like the iPad because you don't have one!
01-25-2011, 09:41 PM #10
Oh Kodak..you're not going to win jack. Go back to making camera's, it's what your good at.
01-25-2011, 10:27 PM #11
i thought kodak was gone
01-26-2011, 04:36 AM #12
A sad old company trying claw money from anywhere it can