Kodak today announced that an administrative law judge found the Apple iPhone 3G and several older Research In Motion BlackBerries infringe on a Kodak patent. However, the judge also recommended that Kodak's patent be declared invalid. The patent at issue relates to a technology invented by Kodak for previewing images on a digital camera-enabled device that is fundamental to how those devices take pictures. Kodak plans to appeal the judge's validity recommendation, but the iPhone 3G isn't available for sale any more. Further, the ITC cleared Apple and RIM's current device line-ups from infringing on the patents in question. The full International Trade Commission will need to sign off on the law judge's ruling. Kodak has been mostly unsuccessful at using its patent portfolio as a litigation tool.
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