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Kodak has accused Apple in a new lawsuit of attempting to interfere with its plans to sell off its patent portfolio.

The suit was filed on Monday in U.S. bankruptcy court in Manhattan, according to Reuters. Kodak has accused Apple of wrongly claiming to own 10 patents related to a cooperative project between the two companies in the 1990s, the QuickTake camera.

The 10 patents in question are among more than 700 that Kodak is attempting to sell. But the suit alleges that Apple has used "its substantial cash position to delay" the sale of those patents, and also to prevent Kodak from collecting royalties.

Also named as a defendant in the case is FlashPoint Technology Inc., which claims ownership of patents through an assignment from Apple.

Kodak has been hyping the value of its patent portfolio as being potentially worth billions of dollars. The photography pioneer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January of this year.

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The company expects to auction its patent portfolio in early August, and to announce a winning bidder by August 13. Kodak has singled out Apple as both a potential purchaser of the patents, as well as the largest infringer of patents in its portfolio.

Kodak suffered a major setback in its patent sale last month, when an initial ruling from the U.S. International Trade Commission concluded that U.S. Patent No. 6,292,218 is invalid. That patent has been seen by some as the "crown jewel" of Kodak's patent portfolio. Kodak is appealing the decision.
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So sad!!!

At this point Kodak looks pretty pathetic.
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The fact that Kodak had to hype the perceived value of their patent portfolio sounds desperate and sad.

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So sad!!!
At this point Kodak looks pretty pathetic.

On the other hand when you're struggling to survive anything, no matter how remote or unlikely, is worth the risk. I saw Bear Grylls squeeze a fresh elephant turd over his head so he could drink the diarrhea water to help prevent dehydration at the risk of various other issues. Desperate times call for desperate measures. That said, it sure as hell doesn't look dignified. :D


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Just another company who fell pray to the Ivy League MBA management teams and Wall Street's quarterly metrics. When they work with Apple back in the 80's and 90's on digital photography and printing technology they had the jump on the entire industry. They failed to capitalize on it since they were so worried about printing more film to preserve the cash cow revenue stream.

 

Kodak was a great company, with lots of great technology, but poorly managed that is for sure.


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On the other hand when you're struggling to survive anything, no matter how remote or unlikely, is worth the risk. I saw Bear Grylls squeeze a fresh elephant turd over his head so he could drink the diarrhea water to help prevent dehydration at the risk of various other issues. Desperate times call for desperate measures. That said, it sure as hell doesn't look dignified. :D

 

Well they're definitely squeezing a turd over their own heads at this point. (And I remember that episode - FAR from dignified! ;) )

 

Sad that they so totally missed the boat on the shift to digital, sadder when you consider they were really early into the market when they were working with Apple, and strange that they're selling patents that they worked on with Apple while disputing ownership amongst other things. Desperate times indeed.

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Sad end to a great American company. I don't fault them for doing this. They have to as they are OBLIGATED to return as much value to their investors as they can, which means using even tool at their disposal to do so.

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Why pay billions for the patents when you can get them cheaper through bancruptcy?
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On the other hand when you're struggling to survive anything, no matter how remote or unlikely, is worth the risk. I saw Bear Grylls squeeze a fresh elephant turd over his head so he could drink the diarrhea water to help prevent dehydration at the risk of various other issues. Desperate times call for desperate measures. That said, it sure as hell doesn't look dignified. :D

I saw that episode.  Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

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I saw that episode.  Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!
I agree! Not making fun of you, but it's a hilarious juxtaposition that someone with the identity of "Freshmaker" is compelled to comment on this!

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post #11 of 17

First order of business seems to be who owns/shares those patents!

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Why pay billions for the patents when you can get them cheaper through bancruptcy?

Because you wouldn't. At best the banks would get them but then sell them for just as beefy a price to recover their money

I say let Kodak include them but they also have to include a warning that the buyer will likely be sued by Apple over those ten. If someone is that crazy to go through with the purchase, well they chose to eat that turd
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I agree! Not making fun of you, but it's a hilarious juxtaposition that someone with the identity of "Freshmaker" is compelled to comment on this!

LOL!

 

That's a uh...very good point :)

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Just buy the patents, bury the lawsuit, bury Kodak, sell the patents that you don't want, job done.

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I absolutely agree.  I find it fascinating that many of the best long term performing stocks (such as Apple, Costco, Whole Foods, Amazon, etc) completely ignore Wall Street expectations (as a well run company should).  Yet Wall Street harshly punishes any company that doesn't meet their uninformed expectations (including those I listed above), even when it is a result of investments to keep the business healthy and growing.  (I should note that AAPL's recent performance has been spectacular, but it wasn't always that way.)

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Onex Corporation of Toronto, Canada (TSX: OCX.TO) purchased Eastman Kodak Company’s Health Group and renamed the business as Carestream Health. Onex owns 37% of Carestream Health which was purchased for USD $90mn. Carestream Health had annual revenues of USD $2.4bn in 2011.

Carestream Health, Inc. is a leading global provider of medical and dental imaging products and services. Its offerings include digital x-ray systems, x-ray film and healthcare information technology solutions, as well as molecular imaging systems. Carestream Health serves a diversified customer base in approximately 150 countries. The company was formerly a division of Eastman Kodak.

Perhaps a poor decision to sell.
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I'll call your lawsuit and raise you two more lawsuits.
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