Kodak sells patent portfolio to 12-company consortium for $525M

By Shawn Knight
Dec 19, 2012
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  1. Eastman Kodak has announced an agreement to sell a large bundle of patents to a consortium of buyers for $525 million. As we reported on back in August, Apple and Google are indeed among the group that will gain access...

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  2. SCJake

    SCJake TS Rookie Posts: 80

    "one of the largest non-practicing patent holders"

    aka. Useless innovation stomping patent troll
  3. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    Yup, and he's probably licking his chops. Latest WIRED has a good article about patent trolls... they said 92% of lawsuits that are fought are won by the defendents, but since the cost of settlement is ususally less than fighting it, everyone just settles and send this guy a check. His entire business model is buying patents with the intent to sue. Most of his targets are the small guys who can't afford to fight it. Small businesses who'd rather write a check for $25,000 than pull together a legal team and pay them twice that. It's basically extortion. 2011 was the first year Google and Apple spent more on patent litigation than research and development, but they do a good amount of suing themselves.

    I wouldn't worry though, I'm sure all those extra costs are paid for by giving the execs smaller bonuses and not by passing the costs along to the consumer.
  4. Apple Google and Microsoft teaming up. Now that's a Kodak moment.
    Trechie likes this.

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