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Arbiter Says Kodak Didn't Infringe Apple Patents

citizen | 7/19/2011, 8:12 a.m.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - The U.S. arbiter for trade disputes has rejected Apple's claims that...
Kodak has amassed more than 1,000 digital-imaging patents, and almost all of today's digital cameras rely on that technology. Photo jurvetson

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - The U.S. arbiter for trade disputes has rejected Apple's claims that photography pioneer Kodak violated Apple's patents covering digital camera technology.

Eastman Kodak Co.'s stock rose 2 percent to $2.57 recently following the U.S. International Trade Commission's ruling. It affirmed a judge's May decision that Kodak's technology doesn't infringe on Apple Inc.'s patent rights and that one of the two patents in dispute is invalid.

The ruling comes weeks after the commission kept open Kodak's case against Apple and another smartphone maker, Research In Motion Ltd. A judge had ruled in January that the iPhone and the BlackBerry do not violate Kodak's patent. On appeal, the commission asked the judge to take another look. Kodak hopes to get up to $1 billion in royalties if it prevails.

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