The future of the non-practicing entity business model as it currently exists is uncertain. With many headwinds facing NPEs, including AIA provisions for IPR and CBM invalidity proceedings, state and proposed federal legislation aimed at aggressive NPE tactics, and the limited scope and viability of business methods patents after the Supreme Court’s decision in Alice […]
ICAP is offering for sale 546 patent assets owned by Xerox and its subsidiaries, including patents owned by PARC (Palo Alto Research Center). The auction, announced earlier this year, had been slated for September. However, ICAP has not provided a public update on the status of the auction.
In September, Kodak emerged from bankruptcy as a company focused on its commercial imaging business. As part of the restructuring, Kodak sold its personalized imaging and document imaging businesses to the U.K. Kodak Pension Plan. The new company operated by the Pension Plan is called Kodak Alaris.
On Friday, the Wall Street Journal reported that multiple technology heavyweights are lining up to bid for Kodak’s digital imaging and digital capture patent portfolio. One consortium consists of Apple, Microsoft, and patent-aggregation firm Intellectual Ventures, while another consortium comprises Google, Samsung, LG, HTC, and another patent-aggregation firm, RPX Corp.
On Monday, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) declared that Kodak’s U.S. Patent No. 6,292,218 was invalid. The ‘218 patent has claims that apparently cover previewing low-resolution versions of a moving image while capturing static images at higher resolutions. Kodak has claimed that most modern smartphones incorporating cameras use this technology.
According to a debtor’s motion (DIP Motion) filed by Eastmak Kodak Company before a United States Bankruptcy court on January 19, 2012, Kodak estimates its Digital Capture (DC) and Kodak Imaging Systems & Services (KISS) patent portfolio to be valued between $2.21 to $2.57 billion. The valuation range was determined by 284 Partners LLC at […]