Judge grants summary judgment on 2 out of 10 patents

As we have seen with Samsung and Apple, patent lawsuits are becoming a common occurrence in the tech world. One such patent suit has been ongoing between Apple and Kodak. Kodak filed bankruptcy in January 2012 and is seeking to sell off two different patent portfolios to raise money to pay creditors. 
Apple stepped in and sued Kodak for patent infringement, claiming that it owned 10 patents that were in the portfolios Kodak wanted to sell. The judge overseeing Kodak's bankruptcy has previously denied some of Apple's claims.

Kodak won a partial victory against Apple in court this week. The judge overseeing the case ruled in favor of Kodak on two out of the 10 patents in question.
Kodak had requested that the judge grant a summary judgment, and the judgment was granted on two of those patents. The other patents in the case were denied a summary judgment with the judge saying the Kodak could renew the request based on "a more complete record."
The judge overseeing the case wrote, "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."
Apple has maintained that it owns the patents because research covered in the patents was a joint effort between it and Kodak. However, one of the key issues the judge has with Apple's claims is that Apple waited so long to assert ownership of the patents. The research between Apple and Kodak was conducted in the 1990s.
Apple has previously tried to get the patent suit transferred to a District Court in Manhattan. The judge presiding over that Manhattan courtroom denied Apple's request to transfer the suit saying that Kodak's bankruptcy judge should rule on summary judgment first.

Source: Bloomberg

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