In the last chapter of the ongoing patent battle, a judge had ruled against Kodak in January. But recently the U.S. International Trade Commission stated they would review the judge’s opinion from January. Eastman Kodak is claiming that Apple’s iPhone and RIM’s BlackBerry have violated Kodak’s patent for previewing digital pictures on a smartphone.
A similar complaint was filed by Kodak against Samsung and LG in 2008. The commission agreed and Samsung and LG settled with Kodak for $964 million. The Kodak camera company is 131 years old. They made $838 million from patents last year. It seems as though they hit two at a time which makes me wonder if Motorola and Nokia be next? I’ll be curious to see how the battle ends, although it doesn’t look very promising for Apple and RIM.