Kodak has said that it remains confident of winning a patent infringement case against Apple and RIM, despite a preliminary ruling from the International Trade Commission (ITC) determining that the claim is invalid.
Kodak first filed a complaint with the ITC on 14 January 2010, asserting that Apple's iPhone and RIM's BlackBerry devices copy technology invented by Kodak for previewing images on a digital camera-enabled device.
The camera maker licenses many of its patents, including the one at issue here, to numerous big name tech companies including LG, Motorola, Nokia, Olympus, Samsung and Sony Ericsson.
However, in a statement on Kodak's site, the firm said that an ITC Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) has issued an "initial determination" recommending that the patent claim at issue is invalid and not infringed.
"The ALJ recommendation represents a preliminary step in a process that we are extremely confident will conclude in Kodak’s favour," said Laura Quatela, general counsel and chief intellectual property officer at Eastman Kodak.
"This very same Kodak patent was upheld by a different ALJ at the ITC in our case against LG and Samsung, whose products use the very same Kodak technology to function in the very same manner as similar products from Apple and RIM."
Quatela added that lawyers at the ITC's Office of Unfair Import Investigations, which examined the case separately, agree with Kodak's interpretation of the patent.
"We fully expect that the ITC will ultimately rule that the patent claim at issue is valid and infringed by Apple and RIM," she said.
The final decision is expected on 23 May.
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