Kodak reports that it’s received a favorable ruling in its patent-infringement case again Apple and Research In Motion (RIM). An Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) has made an initial determination in the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) action brought by Kodak against Apple and RIM. The ALJ concluded that the Apple iPhone 3G and RIM BlackBerry devices infringe on Kodak’s patent, although his recommendation is that the patent claim is invalid.
The patent at issue (U.S. Patent No. 6,292,218) involves technology invented by Kodak for previewing images on a digital camera-enabled device that is “fundamental to how those devices take pictures.” In the face of two separate challenges, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office analyzed this particular Kodak patent and confirmed its validity in December 2010. Kodak expects the International Trade Commission to make its final decision by September 21st.
The patent in the Apple-RIM lawsuit is one of 1,100 digital imaging patents in Kodak’s patent portfolio. Kodak licenses its technology to numerous leading technology companies, including LG, Motorola, Nokia and Samsung.
Kodak’s Timothy Lynch, vice president and chief intellectual property officer commented, “We are pleased 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. In a previous ITC investigation, a different ALJ found this same Kodak patent to be valid and infringed by Samsung, whose products are similar to those offered by Apple and RIM. Kodak has invested billions of dollars to develop its pioneering digital imaging technology, and we intend to protect these valuable assets.”