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Patent Infringement Case

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) -- The U.S. International Trade Commission has issued a partial ruling against Kodak in a high-stakes patent-infringement dispute with the makers of the iPhone and BlackBerry phones.

The trade-dispute arbiter in Washington, D.C., said Thursday that it is essentially upholding an earlier ruling by one of its judges, which threw out the photography pioneer's claims.

The federal agency sent some matters back to the judge for further review, and Eastman Kodak Co. could still prevail in the remaining claims.

The 131-year-old Rochester, N.Y.-based company argued that image-preview technology it patented in 2001 was infringed by iPhone maker Apple Inc. of Cupertino, Calif., and BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd. of Ontario, Canada.

Chief Executive Antonio Perez had hoped Kodak could draw up to $1 billion from its deep-pocketed rivals.

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