In fear that Kodak will sell disputed patents, Apple asks judge for fast appeals ruling

In fear that Kodak will sell disputed patents, Apple asks judge for fast appeals ruling
Earlier this month, a judge ruled against Apple's claim to a couple of imaging patents held by Kodak, saying that the Cupertino based firm had filed "unreasonably late," which could have hurt the beleaguered company in an attempt to sell the IP. Now, Apple is asking Judge Gropper to reverse his ruling quickly in fear that Kodak will sell the patents before Apple has another shot at them.

Let's see if we can explain some of this absurdity with a super slow-motion replay. Kodak, no longer the thriving photography company it once was, was looking to sell a couple of imaging patents. Apple filed a claim for the patents, but earlier this month, the judge ruled that the filing came too late and that by slowing down the process, Apple was trying to keep Kodak from making the sale. In bankruptcy, Kodak needs to score as much cash as possible as quickly as it can, and was hoping that it could raise some dough by parting with its IP portfolio.

Not happy with the ruling, Apple filed an appeal with Judge Gropper. But instead of slowing down the process, like it did earlier in the month, Apple is now requesting that the wheels of justice spin a lot faster than normal, concerned that Kodak will sell the two patents in an auction before the judge rules whether or not Apple can make a claim for them.

There is no guarantee that a sale will take place as Kodak now says that it might want to keep the patents for themselves. You just never know what is going to happen in the crazy world of patent law.

source: Engadget

FEATURED VIDEO

10 Comments

1. Mark.J.Linskiy unregistered

Uh oh, someone can't make up their mind. A certain company is just digging it's own hole, and confusing itself..

2. toyds123

Posts: 29; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Apple is such a gold digger. Apple has no heart. Even a dying company won't be ablr to escape the suing habit of apple

3. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

And some monk somewhere in Thailand has claimed that SJ is reincarnated :D

10. daniel_bargs

Posts: 325; Member since: Nov 27, 2010

yeah ur right. i was about to cry when Apple sued Kodak which is a dying or safe to say ... a Dead company. it is like laughing and making fun of a cancer patient undergoing chemotheraphy!

4. tedkord

Posts: 17408; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I expect all the Apple supporters who said Samsung's evidence should have been disallowed because it was filed too late, will now step up and claim that Apple's motions should be denied because they filed too late.

5. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Showing your true colors there apple...shameless.

6. megaSUNNY

Posts: 88; Member since: Jun 26, 2012

apple is getting very cruel.hopping on everybody.it has lots of money and want more and more and more.................

7. cepcamba

Posts: 717; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

NEVER SELL PATENTS. Hold on it Kodak, it's treasure that's bound to increase in value overtime.

8. willard12 unregistered

Is there any company on earth not sitting on the other side of a courtroom from Apple?

9. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

I hate Apple

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.