Kodak knocked back over Apple, RIM patents

A preliminary ruling by the US International Trade Commission (ITC) has found that a complaint by Kodak that Apple and Research in Motion infringed a camera patent was without merit.

But a furious Kodak has warned that this is not the end of the matter – it has vowed to continue pursuing the case.

The patent relates to a way of previewing images on digital cameras – Kodak has already said it has licensed a number of imaging patents to giants including Sony, Samsung, Nokia, Motorola, Olympus and others.

Kodak’s chief lawyer, Laura Quatela, described the decision of the judge as a preliminary step in the process. She said that another judge at the ITC had already ruled in Kodak’s favour in relation to a case against LG and Samsung. So it is the wrong kind of judge on the line.

She expects that the ITC will come to its senses and rule in Kodak’s favour.