RIM reports ITC decides against Kodak ’218 Patent

Blackberry mobile phone maker Research In Motion reports the U.S. International Trade Commission “terminated its investigation” after determining Kodak’s claim the company infringed on its U.S. Patent No. 6,292,218 for electronic cameras is invalid.

On January 14, 2010, Kodak filed a complaint with the ITC alleging that RIM’s camera-enabled products infringe Kodak’s ’218 patent, RIM says. On May 21, 2012 the court reaffirmed an earlier finding that Kodak’s ’218 patent is invalid. Kodak requested that the full Commission review and modify that finding, but instead the ITC “made final the decision that the Kodak ’218 patent is invalid.”


RIM replaces co-CEOs

BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion replaced its co-chief executive officers with Thorsten Heins, now president and CEO.

Those hoping for big changes at RIM might be left wanting, however: Heins joined RIM in 2007, and was last chief operating officer.

As for the former co-CEOs: Mike Lazaridis is now vice chair of the board, and chair of the board’s new Innovation Committee; Jim Balsillie remains a director.

Research In Motion was founded in 1984 and is based in Waterloo, Ontario.

The full announcement is here.



Kodak continues imaging suit against Apple, RIM

The U.S. International Trade Commission will review Kodak’s case alleging Apple’s iPhone and RIM’s BlackBerry violate Kodak’s patent on an image-preview.

Kodak reportedly gained $550 million from Samsung and $414 million from LG over the same patent, and says it may add more than $1 billion in revenue from royalty payments from Apple and RIM.

Bloomberg reports Kodak generated $838 million from patents last year, and expects $250– $350 million annually from intellectual property licensing through 2013.

Kodak reported in January its 2010 revenue of $7.2 billion, about half the total from 2005, and said two of its three main business had losses from continuing operations before interest expense, taxes and other charges.

Apple and RIM have also filed patent claims against Kodak.


Meanwhile, Reuters reports the ITC ruled that Apple has not violated any of five patents cited by Nokia in its lawsuit. Nokia filed suit against Apple in October 2009.




BlackBerry lights Torch

The latest Blackberry's video capture is only VGA.

Research In Motion call its new phone “one of the most significant launches in RIM’s history” — but we only look at the imaging aspects of phones here, and there’s not much to talk about with the BlackBerry Torch 9800.

The smartphone has a 5 megapixel camera with flash, continuous autofocus, face detection, and geotagging.

Video recording is at 640 by 480 resolution, not HD.

The 3.2-inch touchscreen has a 480 by 360 resolution

The $200 phone measures 4.4 x 2.4 x 0.57 inches.

Smaller Blackberry Pearl from RIM

Research in Motion announced its smallest BlackBerry Pearl smartphones yet, measuring 4.25-by-1.96-by-0.52 inches.

“Considering the fast growing consumer interest in smartphones and the fact that more than three-quarters of the people in the global mobile phone market are still buying handsets with a traditional alphanumeric keypad, we think the new BlackBerry Pearl 3G addresses a substantial market opportunity,” the Waterloo, Ontario company says.

What’s not substantial are the imaging features: the phone has a now-standard 3-megapixel camera with video recording and photo geotagging capabilities.

It comes in two variations: the 9100 has a 20-key condensed qwerty keyboard; the 9105, a 14-key phone keyboard

Also due next month: the BlackBerry Bold 9650, billed as a global smartphone for CDMA customers. It has a 2.44-inch display, and a 3-megapixel camera with flash, image stabilization, autofocus, and video recording.