Kodak wins Java lawsuit

It returns to court next week to seek $1.06 billion in damages from Sun

Eastman Kodak Co. will return to U.S. District Court next week to seek $1 billion in damages from Sun Microsystems Inc. now that a federal jury has ruled in its favor in a dispute over the Java computer language.

The jury decided in Rochester on Friday that Sun infringed on technology belonging to Kodak when it developed and introduced Java more than a decade ago. The computer language is now used heavily by software developers, on the Internet and in computer schools.

Kodak praised the verdict and said it was part of an aggressive push to convert innovations — both homegrown and purchased — into real money. The company over the past several years has been issuing licenses, filing lawsuits, forming spinoff companies and finding other uses for its technologies.

News source: Democrat & Chronicle

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