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Kodak vs Apple and RIM decision delayed

The US International Trade Organization is delaying it's decision over patent fights until next week

The patent fight between Kodak and Apple was set to end yesterday, but the US International Trade Organization has announced that it is delaying its decision.

Eastman Kodak Co. filed a complaint in January 2010 claiming that it holds a patent regarding the display of camera phone image previews. The complaint was due to be resolved yesterday, but reports claim that the International Trade Organization has delayed the decision until next week.

Kodak's argument seeks to block Apple's iPhones and Research in Motion's BlackBerry from being imported into the U, the camera company claims that the cameras on the products of both companies make use of Kodak's 2001 patented image previewing technology. The technology uses a method for extracting a still image while previewing it on the device's screen.

Director of research at Argus Research James Kelleher has said that Kodak "regard intellectual property as a key business" which is made clear by the 11,000 patents Kodak has to its name, according to Forbes.

The International Trade Organization hasn't given a reason for the delay in the decision. The outcome of the decision could result in Apple and RIM having to pay Kodak royalties.

In 2009, Kodak took a one-time payment of $550 million from Samsung and $414 million from LG Electronics for the same image-preview patent.


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