Just because Apple is one of the world’s biggest companies by market value doesn’t mean it’ll ease up in the patent wars. And that includes going after bankrupt companies, like Kodak. The two have been embroiled in a lawsuit regarding Kodak’s implementation of an LCD screen preview used in its digital camera, printers and digital picture frames. But it sounds like a judge is demanding that Apple back off.
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Allan Gropper has put Kodak’s Chapter 11 case on hold indefinitely, also denying Apple’s request for additional patent infringements cases. Kodak is currently in the process of selling off its patents, which it must do by June in order to repay a $950 million loan.
Kodak has accused Apple of trying to slow its patent sale efforts with superfluous lawsuits, and Gropper seems to be in agreement. Gropper denied Apple’s earlier request to move the current “LCD screen preview” lawsuit to Manhattan for a jury trial, also letting the Cupertino-based company know that any further pursuit of Kodak could be seen as “creditor harassment.”
Don’t feel too bad for Kodak, though. The company has been throwing around lawsuits of its own, going after companies like Apple, HTC and Samsung, just to name a few. What goes around comes around?