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  (Source: engadget.com)
U.S. bankruptcy judge tells Apple to take a hike, Kodak has enough problems on its hands

A U.S. bankruptcy judge has told Apple to quit kicking Kodak while it's down, and ordered that the tech giant not proceed with its patent infringement claims against the bankrupt photo company.

Last month, Apple asked a bankruptcy judge for permission to sue Kodak for patent infringement regarding a digital camera Apple said it created along with Kodak in the 1990s. More specifically, the patent is a digital camera that can preview images on a LCD screen. Apple claims Kodak moved ahead with patenting the camera on its own though, and proceeded to file the claim with the International Trade Commission (ITC) and the U.S. District Court in Manhattan last month. Apple now fears that the patent might be sold during Kodak's bankruptcy, and wants to resolve this ownership argument quickly.

Eastman Kodak filed for bankruptcy on January 19, 2012 in the federal bankruptcy court in the Southern District of New York. While it seems as if Apple is taking advantage of Kodak's position, Kodak was apparently well enough to send a patent infringement lawsuit at Apple first in January, which also targeted Motorola Mobility.

Apple argued that the ITC shouldn't even bother with the claims because of Kodak's bankruptcy filing, but Kodak responded saying that bankruptcy isn't stopping Apple from expanding its digital imaging technology. Apple launched the patent infringement lawsuit the very next month.

But U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Allan Gropper is putting a stop to Apple's lawsuit against Kodak, saying that it would be an "inappropriate way forward" to allow Apple to attack Kodak only months after filing bankruptcy. Gropper added that the first month and a half or so are most difficult in a bankruptcy case and that Kodak needs some time to reorganize.

"The first 45 days are difficult in any bankruptcy case," said Gropper. "The debtor has dozens of balls in the air, dozens of matters to take care of. What's the need for immediate relief?"

Kodak said Apple is purposely trying to slow the patent sale process, where Kodak must seek approval for bidding procedures at a patent auction by June 2012 under the terms of its $950 million bankruptcy loan. The patents are worth between $2.2 billion and $2.6 billion.

Apple may be looking to file a new lawsuit, but Gropper said that Apple's intention to "seek damages for money owed after Kodak's bankruptcy appears to be disingenuous."

Kodak is already starting the sale process, where just one week ago, it struck a deal with Shutterfly to sell off specific assets of the KODAK Gallery online photo services business. In addition, Kodak bailed on the digital camera market last month.

Sources: Reuters, The Wall Street Journal



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Poor Kodak
By karndog on 3/9/2012 12:49:19 PM , Rating: 5
The only thing sadder than a company like Kodak, who is world renowned and have been around for over 100 years, filing for bankruptcy, is the fact that an Internet based company that pretty much no one you know will have heard of (Shutterfly), being so profitable and having so much money spare, that they can afford to buy some of Kodak's most prized services and assets for cash...

It would kind of be like Bill Gates going broke and the creator of Angry Birds buying his possessions at a yard sale.




RE: Poor Kodak
By WalksTheWalk on 3/9/2012 4:38:43 PM , Rating: 2
Sign on Shutterfly's door:

Welcome to the technology revolution. You must this agile to enter. No Kodaks allowed, we already have one.


RE: Poor Kodak
By AnnihilatorX on 3/10/2012 7:38:49 AM , Rating: 4
It's survival of the fittest. Kodak was in its comfort zone for too long when photography went digital. It literally invented the digital sensor, essential for digital camera. But Kodak did not pursuit making consumer digital cameras thinking it would be a flop.

That single decision killed the company.


Love the pic.
By retrospooty on 3/9/2012 10:11:56 AM , Rating: 5
LEAVE KODAK ALOOOOOONE!!!!

Seriously though. Apple needs to stop with the constant lawsuits. They have plent money and about the strongest most profitable product lines that may have ever existed on Earth. They are obviously very able to compete in a fair market with the tech that they copied, so lets just let the best product win.




RE: Love the pic.
By vol7ron on 3/10/2012 7:21:59 PM , Rating: 3
And if they really cared about the patent, just buy it themselves from Kodak. Kodak should give them first rights if it really was a dual project.

If this was real life, Apple can't go mating with companies and expect to get its ring back when the company goes "off the market."


read
By Swamp on 3/9/2012 5:29:12 PM , Rating: 5
http://rootzwiki.com/_/articles/apple-announces-la...

So whens googles gonna start sueing apple for stealing a ton of Android features???? Its about time, Crapple gets a taste. They copied so many features from android then turn around and sue android companies for that feature.

Shows you what kind of company crapple is when they attack a company thats falling apart.




RE: read
By testerguy on 3/12/2012 7:51:46 AM , Rating: 1
Which patented features did Apple steal from Android?

Android is open source, by the way.


Apple should sue the Judge
By Sylar on 3/9/2012 10:34:35 AM , Rating: 4
For patent infringement suit infringement




Apple should...
By Richlet on 3/9/2012 10:54:07 AM , Rating: 3
Seriously, when is Apple going to sue someone for its patent on lawsuits? They're creating a whole new level of litigation, they should patent it so no one can file a suit against them without paying a fee.




Apple deserves their reputation
By masamasa on 3/9/2012 5:22:38 PM , Rating: 2
As for the rest of us, we're sick of their never-ending, ridiculous suits. As if they've never infringed on a patent.

Bunch of idiots. They deserve the reputation they are earning.




Permission to sue
By Stephen! on 3/9/2012 5:51:02 PM , Rating: 2
Why do they ask for permission to sue? Don't they usually just forgo the niceties and do it anyway?




Poor Kodak
By Deliboy2 on 3/12/2012 6:22:17 AM , Rating: 2
What's funny about all of these lawsuits by Apple against Kodak is that Kodak invented the 1st digital camera in 1975 and Apple wasn't even a company until 1976.............




By ltcommanderdata on 3/9/2012 10:46:00 AM , Rating: 1
The article summarizes very well the issue at hand between Kodak and Apple, doesn't fully report the Judge's ruling. The Judge denied Apple's trial request, not because they didn't have a case, but because in the interest of bankruptcy proceedings, the Judge wants the issue resolve by other means.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/03/08/us-kodak...

quote:
But while Gropper denied that request, he agreed that the case needs to be resolved sooner rather than later, and in a way that does not interfere with Kodak's ongoing plans to sell its patent portfolio and emerge from bankruptcy.




A few facts wouldn't hurt
By Tony Swash on 3/9/12, Rating: -1
RE: A few facts wouldn't hurt
By MZperX on 3/9/2012 12:01:45 PM , Rating: 2
Good point. I'm down with the "APPLE, Y U NO STOP SUING EVERYBODY?" crowd as much as the next guy, but in this case the background of the story is important.


RE: A few facts wouldn't hurt
By V-Money on 3/9/2012 12:55:18 PM , Rating: 5
Am I the only one that actually reads the story.

Tony:
quote:
Kodak sued Apple first. Kodak sued Apple Inc. and Research In Motion (RIM) in January 2010, filing two lawsuits against Apple and a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission against both Apple and RIM, alleging Apple's and RIM's phones infringe on a Kodak digital imaging technology, after the companies refused to pay patent royalties on Kodak's digital camera technology.


Article:
quote:
While it seems as if Apple is taking advantage of Kodak's position, Kodak was apparently well enough to send a patent infringement lawsuit at Apple first in January, which also targeted Motorola Mobility.

It also links this article regarding the patent http://www.dailytech.com/Kodaks+Patents+Maybe+be+W...

Tony:
quote:
Apple claims that the Kodak law suite relates to technology jointly developed and co-owned by the two companies when they collaborated on Apple's QuickTake camera which was one of the first consumer digital camera lines built for Apple by Kodak.


Article:
quote:
...a digital camera Apple said it created along with Kodak in the 1990s. More specifically, the patent is a digital camera that can preview images on a LCD screen.


Tony:
quote:
Apple fought back and is seeking to prove it jointly owns the patents that arose from the Apple-Kodak collaborative effort. Apple does not want the patent portfolio in question passed on to third parties as part of Kodaks bankruptcy proceedings without the issue of joint ownership being resolved first.


Article:
quote:
Apple now fears that the patent might be sold during Kodak's bankruptcy, and wants to resolve this ownership argument quickly.


My point is, a little comprehension goes a long way.


RE: A few facts wouldn't hurt
By Makaveli on 3/9/2012 12:42:21 PM , Rating: 5
Tony were still waiting for that list of applications that run better on an Ipad than on a laptop!

Please get on it sir!


RE: A few facts wouldn't hurt
By Cheesew1z69 on 3/9/2012 2:14:35 PM , Rating: 3
I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you. We all know he is full of shit so I don't expect any type of response to this.


RE: A few facts wouldn't hurt
By Tony Swash on 3/9/12, Rating: -1
RE: A few facts wouldn't hurt
By Cheesew1z69 on 3/9/2012 7:32:14 PM , Rating: 4
quote:
Wake up - being in a coma is boring!
Wake up - being an iTool is pathetic.


RE: A few facts wouldn't hurt
By martyrant on 3/9/2012 9:47:08 PM , Rating: 2
Has the iPlug gone so far up your rear it's destroyed your brain, sir?

What kind of skewed reality are you living in? You are certainly contributing to the problem that the hollywood film Idiocracy has been so kind to depict for us.


RE: A few facts wouldn't hurt
By domezone on 3/11/2012 3:58:38 AM , Rating: 2
Is there any way around polarization of thought? I don't have any apple products at my apartment nor at my work. I do not actively seek apple product news nor do I anticipate launch dates. Even though that is the case, I can rationalize the usefulness of products produced by apple. I can see the changes that have swept over the technological industry which are largely based on key apple products or services.

Apple didn't invent the tablet but after it was produced, how many follow companies followed suite. Trying to get a piece of the pie. Apple makes products that I happen to find interesting enough to research but just like every business, price points are based not be the revolutionary tech wizards. Or if they are, there greedy jerks.

The Ipad has a purpose for every situation, an example would be : If you didn't have any other electronic device and you needed to do nearly anything on the internet, would you choose to not use the Ipad or would you opt for it's use.

Because the Ipad can do many things a laptop or desktop can, regardless of if it mirror matches the performance or not, it has uses in every situation a laptop or desktop can be used in. You don't have to select one or the other and polarize your thought process. It isn't yes or no, good or bad.

You don't have to be an Itool to respect it's abilities.

BTW Iran's windows based computers are questioning how well windows holds up in enterprise situations :O


RE: A few facts wouldn't hurt
By Cheesew1z69 on 3/11/2012 12:58:38 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
You don't have to be an Itool to respect it's abilities.
No, you don't but when you defend them at all costs, even when they are in the wrong, that's an iTool...Tony Swash and TesterGuy, perfect examples of iTools...


RE: A few facts wouldn't hurt
By testerguy on 3/12/2012 7:59:55 AM , Rating: 2
Coming from the Dailytech monkey - who never offers any logical reason why anything any of us say is 'wrong'.

Which is the point, you hate Apple regardless exactly as you claim we do the opposite of. The difference is, we actually present logical arguments. Look at your posts in this thread, you offer nothing.

As I said, you're the DailyTech monkey.


RE: A few facts wouldn't hurt
By Cheesew1z69 on 3/12/2012 1:34:28 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
who never offers any logical reason why anything any of us say is 'wrong'.
Right...unlike you eh? Everyone else offers this, why do I need to offer anything extra? They say it all. Look at ALL your posts, you offer NOTHING at ALL except your complete and utter BIAS....

This is the reason is your a joke...

I may be a "monkey" as you put it, but you are a moron plain and simple.


RE: A few facts wouldn't hurt
By palladium on 3/10/2012 5:43:22 PM , Rating: 1
1. Laptop, because if the diagram is complex, you'd need faster hardware to complete the rendering.

2. Three pages summary? I wouldn't write that without a keybaord.

3. I'd take the iPad along with me to make notes as I make the visits, but the final report would be done on the Dell (especially if I need to construct charts/graphs etc)

4. This one is easy - most hospitals around the globe are not satisfied with the security requirements of Apple products (not just iPads). Most medical applications (currently) do not support the iPad. In fact, in Japan, one doctor is in charge solely to type notes in a laptop as the ward round progresses.

5. Who is David Hockey? :P

Just admit it, for enterprise stuff PC/laptop >> iDevices. Not saying that won't change, but that's gonna be the way for the forseeable future.


RE: A few facts wouldn't hurt
By testerguy on 3/12/2012 8:08:43 AM , Rating: 2
1 - Yeah because a laptop has faster hardware? Good luck with that. Take a sub $500 laptop, try to load safari on it. Then wait. Do the same on iPad. No wait. Rendering also far superior on iPad.

2 - 3 page summary you completely missed the point. Not only will the iPad let you dictate the words, if that's an option, he also stated why there is no legroom to pull out a laptop, he said 5 hour flight so the laptop probably wont last that long anyway, and he also said that the content was already available in other files so it's not about typing.

3 - So you'd prefer the iPad in that case then.

4 - Your claim of 'most hospitals' is simply nonsense:

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles/12/01/02/hosp...

They are selecting iPads for a reason.

You seem to think that PC/Laptop > iDevices is a fact, it's really that delusion which drives your whole rant. It's actually in enterprise that some of the biggest applications of the iPad can be found, and I see them popping up in industry all over the place. Delivery guys asking me to select the frozen goods I want, or picking up subscriptions where I have to sign electronically, anywhere where touch screen is more practical (ie anywhere where you don't have place for a mouse mat), anywhere where you're moving around - there are just hundreds of examples.

In raw hardware terms, you can't get a laptop which matches the performance (including battery life) of the iPad 3 - ANYWHERE, at ANY price. Let alone for $500. You can get a keyboard dock for the iPad very easily and using onlive you can even use Windows 7 on it, if you need, or Flash or Excel or anything.


RE: A few facts wouldn't hurt
By rlandess on 3/12/2012 11:30:10 AM , Rating: 1
I say bullshit to everything you've stated and I have 12 years in IT.

1st- Make your case for Apple in an enterprise situation without using an Apple enthusiast magazine.

Every time I've had to work with Apple products we've had to bend our network to fit Apples idea of how a device should interact. Apple never designs a product to fit industry standards and that is why they are pathetic in a enterprise environment.

iPads cannot touch the raw performance of a laptop. For instance:

Acer Aspire AS5560-7402 Notebook AMD A-Series A6-3420M(1.5GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory DDR3 1066 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi AMD Radeon HD 6520G -$499 free shipping

Can play Crysis 2 at a playable FPS.

it not apples to oranges but what similar type of game can you play on an iPad?

As far as loading time for Safari. Find a better browser. Firefox loads in <1 second on my sub $500 laptop.


RE: A few facts wouldn't hurt
By rlandess on 3/12/2012 11:05:07 AM , Rating: 1
Imagination is definitely an issue here. The problem is that tablets really hit their peak of usefulness - only in our imagination.

Bouncing through a mountain pass while creating a diagram to send through your tethered iPhone?

How is that a situation based in reality? It's a situation cooked up for a bad commercial.

Tablets are for entertainment and convenience like on the plane - sure they can be handy in a tight spot, or on the couch, because you're just browsing youtube anyway.

Your scenarios don't reflect the real world situations that you're trying to claim tablets excel in. While bumping around on the mountain pass won't just fat finger the heck out of your on screen keyboard.

In a major "conference" wouldn't you want the ability to switch very quickly between active programs to be able to multitask more effectively.

I can appreciate the idea of doctors going from room to room with nothing but a sleek tablet but a tablet can't do everything more efficiently and reliably than the status quo of PC's and paper on clipboards. It's not to say that Tablets aren't handy but they aren't generally built to be used 24-7 in a demanding environment. Like most consumer electronic crap they have a limited usefull life.

I'm not taking a crap on tablets - they have a place. but as they are today, in real world usage, and in realistic scenarios they are not a replacement for a PC, just a handy accessory.

Keep iDreaming man, at least the world you live in sounds fun - even if it's only in your imagination.


RE: A few facts wouldn't hurt
By Lord 666 on 3/10/2012 6:55:37 PM , Rating: 2
Can think of one... Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Had to skim through a 500+ page PDF and searching for specific words was faster on my iPad 2 vs my 2009 Ion based netbook with 2gb memory and Intel 320 SSD.


RE: A few facts wouldn't hurt
By testerguy on 3/12/2012 7:57:53 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
Tony were still waiting for that list of applications that run better on an Ipad than on a laptop! Please get on it sir!


How about any game? No sub $500 laptop which has a 9/10 hour battery life will game at anything like the resolution of the new iPad. That's 40,000 examples right there.


RE: A few facts wouldn't hurt
By retrospooty on 3/12/2012 8:29:07 AM , Rating: 2
"How about any game? No sub $500 laptop which has a 9/10 hour battery life will game at anything like the resolution of the new iPad. That's 40,000 examples right there."

Careful testerguy, your agenda is showing... This comment is exactly why no-one takes you seriously.

I applaud Apple for going with high res screens. It's a great move and will force the rest of the industry to raise their collective bars. We all benefit from that, anything at all that helps usher in the end of 1366x768 screens is good by me.

But only in your skewed head does this make an argument for all games running better on an ipad. Its just a res increase. You have managed to totally change the subject to try and make Apple products appear in a better light. As if the ipad is a real gaming device LOL. Its a great product, and has alot of "cute" games for it, but couldnt be further from a real gaming machine.


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