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Apple Seeks to Move Kodak Patent Case Out of Bankruptcy Court

July 26, 2012

Apple Inc., which is fighting Eastman Kodak Co. (EKDKQ:US) over ownership of patents, argued a federal judge should transfer a Kodak lawsuit against the iPhone-maker out of bankruptcy court.

Apple told U.S. District Judge George Daniels at a court hearing today in Manhattan that Kodak’s complaint over patent ownership should be considered in federal district court.

Kodak and Apple are grappling over 10 patents that are included in a portfolio of patents Kodak is planning to sell as part of its bankruptcy restructuring. Kodak sued Apple in June in bankruptcy court, seeking an order that Apple doesn’t own the assets.

Apple argued in court papers that the bankruptcy court doesn’t have the authority or “necessary expertise” to decide the dispute. Kodak opposes withdrawal of the case.

The hearing is continuing.

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

To contact the reporter on this story: David McLaughlin in New York at dmclaughlin9@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: John Pickering at jpickering@bloomberg.net


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