Apple forced to stop suing Kodak over patents

By , Mar 8, 2012

In January, 131 year old camera company Kodak filed a lawsuit against Apple for violating four patents. Fast forward a month later, Apple went after the already bankrupt Kodak in court, counter suing the company. Apple claimed that Kodak actually stole the patents in question from Apple.

Today, the WSJ reports a New York judge has ordered Apple to stop filing lawsuits against Kodak. Kodak is failing as a company and is currently bankrupt… 

Judge Allan L. Gropper of U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Manhattan’s rulings covered both a pending suit Apple has against Kodak over the patent, as well as another complaint it wants to bring that covers damages the company thinks it is owed since Kodak filed for Chapter 11. The pending suit in the U.S. District Court in Rochester, N.Y., had already been stopped automatically by bankruptcy law, but Apple sought to lift the “automatic stay” shielding Kodak from litigation so the suit could continue.

The judge has ruled it would be unfair to allow Apple to keep going after Kodak at this time, because of Kodak’s current financial troubles. Kodak is also accusing Apple of slowing the sale of a few patents.

Kodak is currently failing as a company, and has been going after companies for violating its patents in order to gain money. The company currently has a $950 million loan, that it must pay back by June of this year. In the company’s typical legal fashion, Apple isn’t going to put up with Kodak in court.

In February, a judge halted Apple’s motion to sue Kodak. Apple requested the halt be lifted, but that request has been denied today.

For now, it looks like Apple must play the waiting game.

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  • http://twitter.com/BouchardAnthony Anthony Bouchard

    If I were Apple I’d sue that judge.

    • http://twitter.com/YourBuddyConner Conner Swann

      I hope you realize that doesn’t make sense…

      • http://twitter.com/BouchardAnthony Anthony Bouchard

        It was merely a joke condoning the fact that Apple sues everything standing in their way.

  • http://www.facebook.com/wseid Weston Keith Seid

    Hope the tax payers dont bailout Kodak now….. Let them die, my next phone (iphone 5) will be a good enough camera.

    • Anonymous

      iPhone is a phone that has a camera. Not a camera itself.

      • http://www.facebook.com/wseid Weston Keith Seid

        For me (amateur photographer), that is all I need. Some people may need a independent camera to lug around for vacation but that is a small market that is shrinking. Any phone with a decent camera will do the job just fine for most.

  • http://twitter.com/pixelat0r Wayne Brooker

    This must be the same Apple who recycle old ideas and claim they created them (the tablet computer, video calling, touch screen phones) feeding like a parasite on weaker companies to quench their thirst for world domination. I used to respect them, now I loathe them and their all consuming greed.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Thomas-N-Shanna-Bernauer/100002948594321 Thomas N Shanna Bernauer

      I’ve said sum thing simmiar before. I don’t like the direction apple is heading

      • http://twitter.com/ChrisNAiello Chris Aiello

        Oh please. Kodak sued Apple to salvage their failing company, not the other way around. Just because Apple is exponentially success and countersued a weaker company, doesn’t automatically make the company a giant, greedy bully.

      • http://twitter.com/MattGregg97 Matt

        Of course it does

      • http://twitter.com/pixelat0r Wayne Brooker

        Kodak were innovating before Apple was even a pip. I have owned (and thoroughly enjoyed) an iPhone3, 4 and 4s but their hardware is 50% engineering, 50% hysterical hype and as a company they’re finally showing their true colours.

        They think they own every patent ever filed and shamelessly take the credit for technologies other companies poured blood, sweat and tears into developing.

        Other companies fail from losses they suffer during the R+D stage while Apple step in at the end and use their muscle to reap all the rewards. If Apple were a person they’d be an arrogant, conceited know-it all who brags and poses all day beating up the little kids and stealing their pocket money to impress the girls, then copying all their homework.

        Feel free to admire their technology but to admire their morals is something you need to think hard about before admiting it out loud. What ever Micro$haft were Apple has now passed and left long behind. This isn’t technology, this is religion…and brainwashing.