Kodak Prevails in Patent Suit
ROCHESTER, N.Y., Nov. 1, 2006 -- After nearly two years of litigation, a federal court ruled yesterday that Eastman Kodak Co.'s digital cameras do not infringe a patent owned by Ampex Corp., Kodak announced today.
Kodak said that the federal court in the District of Delaware granted summary judgment on its behalf in a patent infringement lawsuit brought by Ampex, ruling that Kodak’s digital cameras do not infringe an Ampex patent. Ampex may appeal the ruling to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and the company said yesterday it is currently reviewing the judge's decision and considering an appeal.
“Kodak is a long-standing innovator in the digital camera industry and we have devoted significant resources to the research and development of our digital capture technologies,” said Kodak Vice President Laura G. Quatela, managing director, Intellectual Property Transactions, in a statement.
Redwood City, Calif.-based Ampex, which develops and licenses digital visual technologies, said the patent in question expired on April 11 and it didn't expect the court decision to affect its future licensing revenues.
The legal battle began in October 2004 when Ampex filed concurrent actions before the International Trade Commission (ITC) and in the District of Delaware, asserting patent infringement. After 10 months of litigation in the ITC, and after the submission of initial trial testimony, Ampex dropped its ITC complaint.
The focus of the litigation then turned to the Delaware suit. In May 2006 Kodak filed a motion asking the court for a ruling that it had not infringed Ampex’s patent. The District Court granted the motion yesterday.
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