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Kodak loses preliminary ruling against Apple and RIM

News by Todd Haselton on Tuesday January 25, 2011.

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Eastman Kodak Co. has lost a preliminary ruling in which it alleged that BlackBerry and iPhone devices infringe on patents related to its digital imaging technology. "The U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington said in a preliminary ruling that Apple Inc.'s iPhones and Research In Motion Ltd.'s camera-enabled BlackBerry models do not violate Kodak's 2001 patent covering ways to preview digital images," the Associated Press said.

Kodak believes that the current ruling is "a preliminary step in a process that [Kodak is] extremely confident will conclude in Kodak's favor," Kodak's chief intellectual property officer, Laura Quatela, said, adding that she believes the International Trade Commission will also rule in its favor.

Kodak initially filed the suit in January 2010. It has settled similar lawsuits with electronic giants, LG and Samsung.

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