Originally Posted by G-News
Is this some kind of corporate necrophagia or is Apple just trying to become the most unsympathetic company in the world? Their lawsuits have taken on dimensions beyond the ridiculous.
Actually, Apple's move is quite smart. Kodak is dead. Kodak's executives know the writing is on the wall. The bankruptcy is to squeeze some more money out of company for the executives, and make the remaining company more attractive to sell. Most of it's IP will go to companies that use the IP to attack Apple.
Apple is claiming Apple owns a patent (or more than one patent ) that Kodak is 1) suing Apple with, and 2) has received money from others through licensing.
If Apple can prove it owns the patent Kodak claims to own, it can show Kodak 1) misappropriated licensing fees using a patent Apple owns, and 2) committed an egregious error in suing Apple with its own patent. Kodak is broke, so it can't pay damages. Apple, however, can likely use the judgement to squeeze a highly favorably licensing deal out of Kodak.
Moreover, if Apple can show Apple is one of Kodak's creditors, Apple has rights in approving any Kodak restructuring plan. Further, Apple likely can get a faster resolution of the matter because of the Bankruptcy.
Apple is playing a big boy game.