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Investigation Could See iPhone, Blackberry Ban

Back in January, Kodak filed a complaint claiming Apple and Blackberry maker, RIM, were both infringing upon a patent owned by the camera company. Kodak alleged that Apple's iPhone and any Blackberry with a camera use a method for previewing color images and processing images that is covered in a Kodak patent. In its complaint, Kodak asked the FTC to block the importation into the U.S. of the allegedly infringing products.

Given that Kodak has filed similar suits against Samsung and LG in the past and currently licences out the technology to Samsung, LG, Sony Ericsson, Motorola and Nokia, it's a safe bet that there is at least some truth to Kodak's claims. All the more interesting, then, that the ITC is currently investigating the situation and could block the sale of iPhones and Blackberrys in the U.S.

The U.S. International Trade Commission announced on Wednesday what it would launch an investigation into whether or not Apple and RIM are infringing on the patent. The USITC reiterates Kodak's wish to issue an exclusion order and cease and desist orders but says it has not yet made any decisions on the merits of the case.

In January Kodak said it had warned both Apple and RIM about their infringements before filing the complaint.

  • astrodudepsu
    Did MS ever actually have to quit selling office? If not, then the iphone and BB's are safe.
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  • tenor77
    astrodudepsuDid MS ever actually have to quit selling office? If not, then the iphone and BB's are safe.
    They had to change it actually.

    If Kodak wins they'll pay fines, and they'll buy a license.......and Apple will no doubt levy some fee to their customers in some manner.
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  • lejay
    tenor77They had to change it actually.If Kodak wins they'll pay fines, and they'll buy a license.......and Apple will no doubt levy some fee to their customers in some manner.Funny how an increase production cost for a product increases its sales price...
    It's a conspiracy!
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  • chomlee
    I hope this hurts apple (although it probably wont). Ever since Xerox gave them the gui interface and mouse idea, they pretty much feel like all technology is up for grabs as long as no one is taking theirs. Look at all the crap they are going through with the trademark name "IPAD"! I am sure they new about it from the begining but I could just see Jobs and the others in the board room discussing this when they came up with the name "What are they going to do... Sue us? Go ahead... Were Fu##in Apple"
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  • deadlockedworld
    chomleeI hope this hurts apple (although it probably wont). Ever since Xerox gave them the gui interface and mouse idea, they pretty much feel like all technology is up for grabs as long as no one is taking theirs. Look at all the crap they are going through with the trademark name "IPAD"! I am sure they new about it from the begining but I could just see Jobs and the others in the board room discussing this when they came up with the name "What are they going to do... Sue us? Go ahead... Were Fu##in Apple"
    Apple knows how to play rough.. its why they are successful.
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  • lashton
    if kodak want the devices not to be sold then the outcome (without kodak talking to apple and RIm) will result in those devices NOT being sold in the US!
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  • guruofchem
    Lashton - not a chance...

    This is Kodak doing a wallet job on the 2 most successful device makers in the space currently. They want to get paid, and halting sales kills the goose that lays the golden license fees...
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  • slaphappy
    Personally I think Kodak is shooting themselves in the foot here. This is going to result in resentful brand recognition for kodak since people love apple and blackberry products, and will hate kodak for having them pulled from the shelves.
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  • helldog3105
    And guruofchem's statement that it's just Kodak looking to make money can be backed by the fact that they waited until the products were very successful before bringing this to court. If this was to truly protect their IP, Kodak would have sued the instant these products came to the market. What it appears that Kodak is trying to do is leverage some court support against Apple and RIM so they can force them to pay a licensing fee. It's all about money, and if anyone tells you that business is about money they are lying to your face.
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  • thepetey
    I better stock up on iphones and blackberrys then.. if they do get banned.. let the bids begin? :D
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