Apple still wanted to sue Kodak despite Kodak going bankrupt.
However, Apple suffered a big setback this past Thursday, 8 March 2012, in its efforts to prevent Kodak from selling up to $2.6 billion worth of digital imaging patents. US Bankruptcy Judge Allan Gropper ruled that it would be an “inappropriate way forward” to allow Apple to pursue patent litigation against the bankrupt company.
For its part, Apple had argued that one of those patents concerned the ability to preview digital photos on an LCD screen and it was “misappropriated” from its own technology. Thus, according to Apple Kodak could not be allowed to sell it off as part of the planned sale. Kodak disputed Apple’s claim.
On that point, Gropper did agree that the matter should be resolved soon. He added that he “would request that the parties report to me on their efforts to come up with a procedure that truly works.”