The U.S. International Trade Commission today ruled
that Apple and Research In Motion are not violating one of Kodak's patents.
ITC Administrative Law Judge Thomas Pender today released his initial determination in the case, reaffirming a previous ITC decision that RIM and Apple the were not infringing on one of Kodak's patents with their mobile devices:
"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," reads the Judge's ruling.
The same Judge found that Apple iPhone 3G and accused RIM devices infringe claim 15 of the '218 patent. However, he notes that the specific claim "is invalid under 35 U.S.C. § 103 for obviousness."
Kodak hady filed its complaint against the two technology companies on January 14, 2010, alleging that they infringed on U.S. Patent no. 6,292,218, which covers image previewing technology for cameras.
Kodak filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January. The company is trying to sell off its patent portfolio.