Apple appeals Kodak ruling in bankruptcy court patent case

An attorney holds an Apple iPad, left, and An attorney holds an Apple iPad, left, and a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 at the regional court in Dusseldorf, Germany. (Aug. 25, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

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Apple Inc. is appealing a bankruptcy judge's ruling in favor of Eastman Kodak Co. that blocked the iPhone maker's claims to two patents.

Apple said in a court filing Wednesday that it is challenging U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Allan Gropper's decision that gave Kodak a partial victory in a lawsuit over ownership of 10 patents.

The assets are in a portfolio of patents that Kodak put up for sale as part of its bankruptcy restructuring. The Rochester, N.Y.-based company sued Apple after the Cupertino, Calif.-based company asserted claims to the patents.

Gropper ruled in favor of Kodak on two of the patents. The judge denied the company's request for a pretrial ruling known as summary judgment on the eight others and said Kodak could renew its request.

The lawsuit is Eastman Kodak Co. v. Apple Inc., 12-01720, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

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