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ITC rules in favor of RIM, finds Kodak's '218 patent invalid

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ITC rules in favor of RIM, finds Kodak's '218 patent 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. RIM respects the valid intellectual property rights of other companies, but will vigorously defend itself against improper claims."-Barbara Parvis, RIM Vice President of Litigation
With all of the patent battles going on between Apple and Android manufacturers like Samsung, Motorola and HTC, it is almost refreshing to find a patent fight involving other names. Back on January 14th, 2010, Eastman Kodak, a company famous for its production of something called film (are we spelling that right?) had filed a complaint with the ITC claiming that RIM's camera-enabled products infringed on the Rochester N.Y. based imaging company's '218 patent (full number is 6,292,218 for an "electronic camera for initiating capture of still images while previewing motion images.")

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
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