A US bankruptcy judge has stopped Apple from pursuing ongoing patent infringement litigation against bankrupt photography giants, Kodak.
During the hearing on Thursday, Judge Allan Gropper said it’d be an “inappropriate way forward” to allow Apple to continue pursuing claims against Kodak, whilst the company was bankrupt.
However, the judge agreed that the case needs to be resolved sooner rather than later, and in a way that does not interfere with Kodak’s ongoing plans to sell its patent portfolio and emerge from bankruptcy.
The ongoing dispute between Apple and Kodak is in relation to the ownership of certain patents covering digital cameras and images.
Kodak originally brought a legal action against Apple in January claiming that Apple was infringing four of the patents. However, Apple countered Kodak’s claims saying that it was in fact the owner of the patents.
Apple contends that back in the early 1990s, when the two companies worked together “to explore how the two companies could work together on various projects including commercialisation of Apple’s digital cameras”, it revealed a number of confidential digital camera technologies to Kodak.