Judge Pushes Kodak and Ricoh To Set Patent Dispute Aside
By Maria Chutchian
Law360, New York — A New York bankruptcy judge on Wednesday urged Eastman Kodak Co. and Ricoh Americas Corp. to reach an agreement to temporarily suspend a dispute over eight printer patents until after confirmation of Kodak’s reorganization plan.
At a hearing before U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Allan L. Gropper, attorneys for Kodak asked the judge to stay an adversary proceeding launched in April by Ricoh over the fallen photography icon’s alleged prepetition infringement, arguing that the lawsuit violated the automatic stay protecting Chapter 11 debtors. Even if it didn’t violate…
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