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Kodak loses another patent battle to RIM & Apple

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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.

source: BerryReview

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posted on 21 May 2012, 16:10 2

1. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Bummer for Kodak... Oh how the mighty can fall.. I wish them the best of luck, but this doesn't bode well

posted on 21 May 2012, 16:16 7

2. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

um, so this is a patent that was thrown out to "obviousness" but Apple's little patent that got HTC's phones blocked by customs was okay? If this is not a case of Apple fanboyism in the legal court systems, I don't know what is.

posted on 21 May 2012, 17:06 4

6. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

Funny I got more thumbs down than up, considering what I said was the truth. Guess the sheeple don't want to hear it.

posted on 21 May 2012, 16:36 5

3. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

Having lived in Rochester NY all my life, Much of my family had worked for Kodak. My Father retired in '82 after 35 years. The management may have given the company a bad rap lately, but the bottom line is that many hardworking employees such as my Dad, Aunts, Uncles, etc(some which were in the chemical and engineering/ research/ developement teams), helped make Kodak the giant it was.

It saddens me that companies that had no experience in imaging, waltz in and financially fruiten the legal system. So what if the 3Gs is not for sale. Does Kodak not deserve to be compensated for the infringment that made Apple rich during this time?

I really have lost respect for our patent system and the court system that overlooks that "obvious" flaw in regulating what is patentable and what isn't.

John B.

posted on 21 May 2012, 16:48 4

4. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

Yet again Apple pays THE ITC to get away with everything

posted on 21 May 2012, 17:01 4

5. KingShango (Posts: 89; Member since: 16 May 2012)

So according to the court I can rip off someones idea, make billions of dollars doing it and as long as I've stopped selling it by the time it reaches the courts its OK. Because I've obviously done nothing wrong.

posted on 21 May 2012, 17:14 2

7. Slammer (Posts: 1515; Member since: 03 Jun 2010)

According to the way it was written, it appears that is exactly what Apple did. The one patent may not have been the sole money maker, but the point is, that someone's research and developement went into some other product that made tons of cash and the company that it was taken from made nothing. Zilch. Zero.

John B.

posted on 22 May 2012, 00:20

8. mercorp (Posts: 1045; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)

Kodak should sell itself to Samsung.

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