ITC rules in favor of RIM, finds Kodak's '218 patent invalid
On May 21st, Judge Thomas Pender reaffirmed the decision of the late Chief Judge Paul Luckern that Kodak's patent was invalid. Kodak had requested that the full ITC commission rule on the suit and overturn the prior decision. Instead, the full commission agreed with the previous decision and ruled the '218 patent invalid. That gives RIM a legal victory. While the decision doesn't mean that the upcoming BlackBerry 10 OS will turn things around for the beleaguered manufacturer, perhaps it is one little sign that the winds of change are beginning to blow in RIM's favor.
source: RIM via Crackberry
On January 14, 2010, Kodak filed a complaint with the ITC alleging that RIM's camera-enabled products infringe Kodak's '218 patent. On May 21, 2012 Judge Pender reaffirmed the earlier finding of then-presiding Chief Judge Luckern that Kodak's '218 patent is invalid. Kodak requested that the full Commission review and modify that finding, but instead the ITC made final the decision that the Kodak '218 patent is invalid.
"RIM is pleased that both former ITC Chief Judge Luckern and ITC Judge Pender, and now the full Commission, have confirmed that the Kodak '218 patent is invalid," said Barbara Parvis, RIM Vice President of Litigation. "RIM respects the valid intellectual property rights of other companies, but will vigorously defend itself against improper claims."
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1. wumberpeb posted on 21 Jul 2012, 00:05 4
Talk about scraping the bottom of the barrel...one hopelessly poor and desperate company trying to sue another hopelessly poor and desperate company. Leave each other alone and let both sides figure out their finances without all this crying over fringe patents
2. ardent1 posted on 21 Jul 2012, 00:12 3
You should know the saying: Desperate people do desperate things.
3. JcHnd posted on 21 Jul 2012, 00:28 4
At least something good happened to RIM this days... great for them!
4. wumberpeb posted on 21 Jul 2012, 00:53 1
Is that actually a saying? Desperate times call for desperate measures sounds like what you were going for...
...but yes, I get it
9. ardent1 posted on 21 Jul 2012, 21:34 0
Yes, and the saying is quite popular; it was even used in a contest for the Republican presidential candidate. http://tinyurl.com/d8hua2h
In contrast, your saying is idiomatic in nature since "times" is being anthropomorphized.
5. mas11 posted on 21 Jul 2012, 03:23 2
Two companies circling the drain fighting over patents lol
6. iWorld posted on 21 Jul 2012, 06:36 1
RIM is really dying & the worst thing is "There is no room for RIM in ICU"
7. pikapowerize (banned) posted on 21 Jul 2012, 07:18 2
good news for RIM!! i wanna see some BB10 products so bad!!!
windows phone 8 and blackberry 10 are the platforms that i got my sight on...
because the world is full of android and iphones... we need other mobile platforms!!
thanks God for RIM on not giving up on blackberry OS!
unlike nokia, hate the new ruling!!!
a word from an avid nokia fan!