Hmmm. . .
Digitude took down their site just a few days ago, going undercover apparently. A cached copy of a press release at the now-removed Digitude site that I hadn't yet seen mentioned anywhere shows that Apple wasn't forced into any deal with them.(as well as proof of the link between Digitude and Altitude Capital). Instead they are an active and eager participant. Take a look at the speakers from their September invitation-only event:
New York, NY – May 27, 2011 – Altitude Capital Partners, a NY-based private equity fund,today announced that it will host a select group of the corporate intellectual property elite at itsfirst-ever Top IP Retreat. The inaugural event is by invitation-only and will take place on thegrounds of The Lodge at Pebble Beach on September 15-17.This influential set of executives will convene for two and a half days of discussions andnetworking. The Top IP Retreat will feature a line-up of world-class speakers, such as ChiefJudge Paul Michel (ret.) U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Richard “Chip” Lutton ofApple, John Desmarais of Desmarais LLP and Round Rock Research, Morgan Chu of Irell &Manella, Michael Wagner of LitiNomics, and John Jarosz of The Analysis Group.
“We’re excited to host this groundbreaking event and provide a unique forum for these top IPexecutives to get together, share ideas, discuss the current state of the intellectual market, andexplore ways to move the industry forward,” said Robert Kramer, Managing Partner of AltitudeCapital Partnershttp://webcache.googleusercontent.co...PR_5.27.11.pdf
For anyone interested, their other executive personnel include:
Ed Gomez-General Counsel/ Litigation Management
Jimmy Goo-Director Portfolio Management/ Licensing
Anthony Grillo-Director Licensing/Contracts
Bryan Lord-Director Acquisitions & Strategic Relationships/Licensing
William Marino-Director Litigation Management/Licensing
Based on some quick research I'd guess that those Kodak patents that were being shopped around have also made their way to Digitude.