Patent ruling kicks Kodak while it's down in suit against Apple, RIM
Ruling upholds earlier judge's decision saying Apple and RIM did not violate Kodak patents.
Bankrupt Kodak sued Apple and RIM over multiple patents, including a method for previewing digital images used in the QuickTake 100 developed jointly by Apple and Kodak (CNN). Countersuits, as usual, were filed, and the case disappeared into the court system.
An earlier ruling stating Kodak's patents were not violated was upheld Friday by the ITC (International Trade Commission). Kodak says an appeal is forthcoming, but this will likely dramatically reduce the value of the Kodak patents being offered for auction next month.
The overriding issue isn't the validity of Kodak's patents in 2012. It's an issue of Kodak's management choosing not to effectively exploit its image capture and image processing intellectual property in the 1990's and positioning its early digital products only as an adjunct to the company's dominance in film and film processing.
Robert Paul Leitao on cnn.com
Take a hint
It is common in companies that the innovative services and products are hamstrung by legacy behavior. It is somewhat sad that Kodak executed great digital research and inventions (e.g. OLED) but could not bring them to market.
Jack Marse on wsj.com
How long has it been since you used any Kodak product?