Judge to Apple: Leave Kodak Alone
March 9, 2012 9:55 AM
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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,
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
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RE: A few facts wouldn't hurt
3/12/2012 11:30:10 AM
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.
"We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit." -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng's take on patent troll Soverain
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