Kodaks patent claims against Apple

It seems like Apple is constantly trying to fight off intellectual property theft, but in the case of U.S. Patent No. 6,292,218 Kodak actually won the judge over.

 Kodaks patent claims against Apple

It seems like Apple is constantly trying to fight off intellectual property theft, but in the case of U.S. Patent No. 6,292,218 Kodak actually won the judge over. 

In this particular case, Kodak claimed Apple that infringed patents related to the image previewing technology in U.S. Patent No. 6,292,218.  Last January, a judge ruled in Apple’s favor that there were no infringements on the patent.  However, the ITC had a different opinion and decided to review the judge’s decision. 

 Kodaks patent claims against Apple

The case was transferred to Judge Thomas Pender, as the previous working the case retired.  Judge Pender released his initial statement today:

“I hereby reaffirm on remand that no violation of Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, has been found in the importation into the United States, the sale for importation, or the sale within the United States after importation of certain mobile telephones and wireless communication devices featuring digital cameras, and components thereof, in connection with claim 15 of U.S. Patent No. 6,292,218.”

It would seem as if Apple was ready for clear sailing, but in judge Pender’s Conclusions of Law section, he states that:

“The accused Apple iPhone 3G infringes claim 15 of the ‘218 patent.”

However, the infringement of the iPhone 3G is invalid due to the obviousness, and that the Kodak’s specific patent claims were ‘invalid’. 

Thus, Apple didn’t quite get the okay just yet.  Based on Judge Pender’s statement regarding the iPhone 3G infringement, it is almost a guarantee that Kodak will continue to put its claim on U.S. Patent No. 6,292,218. 

Kodak’s Chief of intellectual property, Timothy Lynch, released a statement saying that Kodak is “pleased that the ALJ has concluded that Kodak's patent is infringed by Apple and RIM.  We expect to appeal to the full Commission his recommendation on validity. The ALJ's recommendation represents a preliminary step in a process that we are confident will conclude in Kodak's favor.”

Kodak isn’t exactly the envy of the technology world at the moment since it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection four months ago.  The once upon a time tech company is barely staying afloat and is fighting hard to keep its value until another tech giant buys it out—perhaps Apple.