With the initial judgement handed down back in May fallin in RIM's favor, the final judgement of Kodak vs. RIM has landed in RIM's favor as well. The original complaint was filed on January 14, 2010 where Kodak alleged RIM violated Kodaks image and image processing patent, noted in documents as being patent '218 and asked the ITC to look into it further.
RIM is pleased that both former ITC Chief Judge Luckern and ITC Judge Pender, and now the full Commission, have confirmed that the Kodak '218 patent is invalid," said Barbara Parvis, RIM Vice President of Litigation. "RIM respects the valid intellectual property rights of other companies, but will vigorously defend itself against improper claims."
That's yet-another legal battle over and done with. At least this one won't cost RIM millions. The full press release is available below should you wish to read through it.
ITC Decision: Kodak '218 Patent is Invalid In Case Against RIM
IRVING, TEXAS--(Marketwire - July 20, 2012) - Research In Motion Limited (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM)(TSX: RIM), a world leader in the mobile communications market, today learned that the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has terminated its investigation after making a determination in favor of RIM that the only asserted claim of Kodak's U.S. Patent No. 6,292,218 for electronic cameras (Kodak's '218 patent) is invalid.
On January 14, 2010, Kodak filed a complaint with the ITC alleging that RIM's camera-enabled products infringe Kodak's '218 patent. On May 21, 2012 Judge Pender reaffirmed the earlier finding of then-presiding Chief Judge Luckern that Kodak's '218 patent is invalid. Kodak requested that the full Commission review and modify that finding, but instead the ITC made final the decision that the Kodak '218 patent is invalid.
"RIM is pleased that both former ITC Chief Judge Luckern and ITC Judge Pender, and now the full Commission, have confirmed that the Kodak '218 patent is invalid," said Barbara Parvis, RIM Vice President of Litigation. "RIM respects the valid intellectual property rights of other companies, but will vigorously defend itself against improper claims."
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