Eastman Kodak won a victory against Apple over patents, defeating Apple's ownership claims to two of 10 patents that Kodak plans to sell as part of its bankruptcy restructuring.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Allan Gropper in Manhattan ruled in favor of Kodak on the patents, saying Apple waited too long to assert its claims, Bloomberg reported today.
Kodak sued Apple in June over the assets, accusing Apple of trying to disrupt the patent auction planned for next week. Kodak asked Gropper to rule in its favor in a pretrial decision known as summary judgment.
Kodak filed for bankruptcy in January and is selling more than 1,000 patents. An auction is scheduled for Aug. 8.
On the eight other patents, Gropper denied Kodak?s motion for summary judgment.
The Apple lawsuit is Eastman Kodak Co. v. Apple Inc. 12-01720, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).