A U.S. International Trade Commission judge said Eastman Kodak’s digital-camera technology doesn’t violate Apple’s patent rights, reports “Bloomberg” (http://macte.ch/CL9sF).

Neither of the two patents in Apple’s case before the ITC were being infringed, and one of the patents is invalid, Judge Robert Rogers in Washington said yesterday. The judge’s findings are subject to review by the six-member ITC, which has the power to block imports of products that infringe U.S. patents, notes “Bloomberg.”

Apple sued Kodak in April 2010, about three months after Kodak accused Apple and Research In Motion of infringing a patent related to ways of previewing images. Apple’s countersuit said Kodak devices copy the technology that it uses in Macs, iPhone, iTunes and Photo Booth involving image processing, energy management and memory design.

The ITC in March said it would review a judge’s findings in that case, which went in favor of Apple and RIM. The reasons behind the judge’s opinion today won’t be made public until both sides have the chance to redact confidential information, notes “The Next Web” (ttp://macte.ch/GmUaQ).

— Dennis Sellers