The ITC (International Trade Organisation, US) announced today of its decision to postpone the verdict on the on-going conflict between Eastman Kodak and the two tech heavyweights Apple and Research In Motion.
The verdict on the matter, which saw Kodak alleging the iPhone and BlackBerry makers of infringing one of its key digital image technology patents, was originally scheduled to be delivered today.
Kodak had filed the complaint with the ITC way back in January 2010, in which it demanded Smartphones from both Research In Motion and Apple to be blocked from entering into the United States. Kodak’s argument was that the cameras featured in both these companies’ Smartphone devices use an highly advanced image previewing technology, covered by one of its key patents.
Analysts are of the view that if Apple and RIM somehow find themselves at the receiving end of the ITC’s judgement, it will be nothing short of a disaster for them.
However, the more likely solution in the case, assuming that Kodak ends up being on the winner’s side, would be to reach out for a settlement, with both Apple and RIM feeding the complainant a hefty amount of their Smartphone-revenues as Royalties.