It's been a while since I've mentioned Apple's various and sundry patent disputes, but here's the latest for those needing a fix: In the company's dispute with Eastman Kodak over picture preview technology (Research In Motion is also a defendant), staff investigators for the International Trade Commission have come down on Kodak's side.
According to CNBC, the third-party investigators found that RIM's BlackBerry and Apple's iPhone use technology for which Kodak had obtained a patent in 2001. As a result, they have recommended a ban on imports of both devices.
Though the ITC is not bound to follow recommendations from staff investigators, they do hold some sway. A decision is expected no later than June 23. Interestingly, ITC investigators also recommended a decision against Apple in the ongoing dispute with HTC and Nokia over other smartphone technology.