Kodak loses patent case vs Apple and RIM

  • Eastman Kodak has lost an appeal of a patent dispute over digital image preview technology with Apple and Research In Motion, which could set back the firm’s bid to raise money in bankruptcy by selling patents.

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has upheld a May 21 ruling that neither Apple nor RIM had violated Kodak's rights in the so-called '218 patent, which covers how digital cameras preview images.

    Kodak was hoping to recover $1 billion and plans an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington D.C.

    The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from creditors in January.