Kodak patent invalid – judge

Kodak patent invalid – judge

A judge at the US International Trade Commission (ITC) has ruled that a Kodak patent being used in a complaint against Apple and Research in Motion (RIM) is invalid, according to a statement from Kodak.

The ITC judge’s ruling is preliminary but found that while both Apple’s iPhone 3G and some Blackberry devices infringe on the patent in question, the patent itself is invalid. The infringement ruling doesn’t do Kodak any favours with the simultaneous invalidation of the patent, which deals with previewing an image on an LCD screen once an image has been taken.

Kodak intends to ask the ITC for a full ruling on the matter and is expecting a decision by 21 September. The company hopes to bolster ailing finances by selling off some of its IP, among them over 1000 patents related to digital imaging.

Source: PC World

Previously the editor of PCFormat and T3, Nic is a wordsmith by day and a web developer by night. Or is that the other way round? He has been the managing editor of Stuff's print version for several years and is now the digital publisher, leading the web, mobile and app evolution of your favourite mag.

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