Judge approves Kodak patent sale

Judge approves Kodak patent sale
A group led by Google and Apple have been approved to purchase Kodak's patent portfolio for $527 million.

The photography pioneer is looking to exit bankruptcy, and the patent sale was one of the final remaining hurdles to do so.

While the figure may seem significant, Kodak's advisory firm had estimated the patents could bring in $2 billion when accounting for future licensing. No one bid higher than $527 million and Kodak had zero leverage.

The group also includes RIM, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, Shutterfly, HTC and Samsung, each of which will license the patents equally to help avoid patent litigation into the future.

Kodak's portfolio includes 1,000 patents each related to the capture, manipulation and sharing of digital images.

Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 14 Jan 2013 0:13
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  • Justoneguy

    Kodak had zero leverage against a "group" of the biggest tech companies in the world, how odd. I'm positive this sale of Kodaks' patents will do nothing but further competition among the "consortium" and help the consumer.

    14.1.2013 02:37 #1

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