“Eastman Kodak Co., the bankrupt photography pioneer, sued Apple Inc. in a bid to quash a dispute over patents,” Joe Schneider reports for Bloomberg.
“Kodak plans to sell its patents as part of a bankruptcy reorganization in New York and Apple is a potential purchaser, Kodak said in court papers yesterday,” Schneider reports. “Apple claims it owns 10 of the patents in Kodak’s portfolio. ‘Apple’s strategy has been to use its substantial cash position to delay as long as possible the payment of royalties to Kodak and to interfere’ with the planned sale, Kodak said.”
Schneider reports, “U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Allan Gropper in Manhattan had dismissed Kodak’s request to rule that Apple had no interest in the group of patents on June 13 and advised the photo company to file the lawsuit. ‘An adversary proceeding will permit the parties to raise issues in an orderly and expeditious fashion and preserve all of their just rights,’ Gropper said at the June 13 hearing.”
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