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Kodak Handed Setback in Push for Apple, RIM Royalties

Eastman Kodak Co. was handed a setback by a U.S. trade agency in the camera company’s effort to force Apple Inc. and Research In Motion Ltd. to pay patent royalties on a common image-preview feature used in phones.

Kodak fell 13 percent in New York trading after U.S. International Trade Commission Judge Paul Luckern late yesterday said Apple’s iPhone and RIM’s BlackBerry don’t violate Kodak’s patent. The administrative law judge’s findings are subject to review by the six-member commission, which has the power to block imports of products that infringe U.S. patents.