BOSTON — A federal judge granted a permanent injunction Friday barring Eastman Kodak from manufacturing, using and selling its instant cameras and films.
In a seven-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Rya Zobel ruled that Kodak's instant cameras infringe on the five patents currently held by Polaroid Corp. The ruling goes into effect Jan. 9, 1986.
On Sept. 13, Zobel ruled that seven of 10 patents involved in the suit were still valid.
"Public policy favors the innovator, not the copier," Zobel wrote. "The harm Kodak will suffer simply mirrors the success it has enjoyed in the field of instant photography.
"To the extent Kodak has purchased that success at Polaroid's expense, it has taken a 'calculated risk' that it might infringe existing patents."