Eastman Kodak has won two out of ten patents against Apple in a US federal court.
Kodak has planned to sell ten of its technology patents related to previewing digital images as a loophole to save itself from the whip of bankruptcy but Apple had claimed that it originally invented the technology that the imaging service provider owned.
According to Bloomberg, the decision ruled by Manhattan Bankruptcy Judge Allan Gropper favored two of the ten patents to Kodak, stating that Apple was slow enough to stress its claims.
“If Apple’s claims proceed despite their unreasonably delayed commencement, Kodak might have to go back to the drawing board for ways to fund its case,” explained Judge Gropper.
Meanwhile, Kodak filed a motion for summary judgment for the eight remaining patents, but was denied by the judge, though he advised that Kodak could reintroduce the request with “a more complete record”.
Kodak requested Gropper to rule in its favor after it sued Apple in June, alleging that the software giant was trying to trouble its patent auction bound to happen on August 8 this week.
In addition, Kodak failed to defend itself against Apple and RIM in a separate patent litigation arranged the other week, which was originally filed by the imaging firm at the US International Commission (ITC) in January 2010. It alleged that both companies infringed its patents on the way digital images are previewed on screen and requesting more than $1 billion from Apple alone as licensing fees for the said technology.
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