A U.S. International Trade Commission Judge has ruled that Kodak isn’t infringing on Apple-patented technology. The Judge overseeing the case also went so far as to say that one of the two patents in question isn’t valid, either, according to Bloomberg.
ITC Judge Rules against Apple in patent case
The ITC began its investigation into Apple’s claims that Kodak was stepping on its patents covering video and still digital cameras in May, 2010. The company’s legal battle, however, goes back to January 2010 when Kodak filed a lawsuit alleging Apple and RIM were using its patented technology with proper licensing.
At the time of the filing, Kodak’s Chief Intellectual Property Officer and Vice President, Laura G. Quatela, commented “We remain open to negotiating a fair and amicable agreement with both Apple and RIM, which has always been our preference and our practice with other licensees.”
The reasoning behind the Judge’s ruling against Apple’s patent claims won’t be disclosed until both sides have the opportunity to review case and block information that should remain confidential.
We’re pleased by today’s ruling and we are looking forward to the full ITC commission’s ruling in our case against Apple and RIM, which is expected in late June,” commented Kodak spokesperson David Lanzillo.
Apple has not commented on the ITC ruling.