Judge Says Apple Can’t Pursue Patent Suit Against Kodak

A judge Thursday said Apple Inc. couldn’t pursue patent infringement litigation against Eastman Kodak Co. over a patent the computer giant fears might be sold during Kodak’s bankruptcy before an ownership dispute is resolved.

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 both the International Trade Commission and bankruptcy law, but Apple sought to lift the “automatic stay” shielding Kodak from litigation so the suit could continue.

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