Kodak loses another patent battle to RIM & Apple
Things are still looking down for Kodak in its patent case against RIM and Apple. The once photo giant went up against RIM, Apple, and several other companies shortly after its restructuring event back in January.
Preliminary findings from the ITC have come back regarding patent 218. As a refresher, U.S. Patent No. 6,292,218 is for an “electronic camera for initiating capture of still images while previewing motion images.”
Essentially it finds that the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 do not infringe on the patent. It did find that the iPhone 3G did, in fact, violate Kodak’s patent, but they also ruled that patent invalid due to obviousness. Finally, it was determined that RIM’s products do not infringe on Kodak’s patents.
While we expect an appeal from Kodak, this strategy doesn’t seem to working out too well.