WASHINGTON, July 23 (Reuters) - An appeals court ruled on
Monday that Eastman Kodak Co did not infringe on patented Apple
Inc technology for digital cameras, three days after the
bankrupt former photo giant suffered a major setback in a
separate patent case against Apple.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a
brief ruling on Monday upholding last July's decision by the
U.S. International Trade Commission that Kodak did not infringe
the Apple patents for making digital cameras and related
Neither Apple nor Kodak could be immediately reached for
Apple and Kodak have been embroiled in lawsuits over patents
to create digital images, an offshoot of similar litigation over
technology used to make smartphones.
On Friday, Kodak lost an infringement case at the ITC that
it had brought against Apple and BlackBerry maker Research In
Motion Ltd, which could set back its effort to raise money in
bankruptcy by selling patents.
Kodak plans to appeal.
The Rochester, New York-based company filed for Chapter 11
protection from creditors on Jan. 19, and Friday's decision
could make it harder to sell more than 1,100 digital imaging
patents, roughly one-tenth of its patent portfolio, to help
repay creditors as it shifts its business focus toward printing.
Kodak has said it expects to hold the auction for those
patents early next month.
The case is Apple Inc. v. ITC, U.S. Federal Circuit Court of
Appeals, No. 2011-1592. Kodak's bankruptcy case is In re:
Eastman Kodak Co et al, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District
of New York, No. 12-10202.
For Apple: Brian Lennon of Kirkland & Ellis.
For Eastman Kodak: Andrew Dietderich of Sullivan & Cromwell.
(Reporting by Diane Bartz)
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