A recent analysis has estimated that Kodak's digital-imaging patents, which make up just 10 percent of its intellectual property portfolio, are worth $3 billion, more than five times the struggling photography pioneer's current value in terms of market capitalization.
Following Google's bid to purchase Motorola Mobility, Apple is predicted to strike a deal — perhaps with competitors Nokia or RIM — to consolidate its already significant patent portfolio and better position itself both offensively and defensively.
Faced with growing inventory due to sluggish sales, the makers of tablets competing with Apple's iPad are said to continue to cut prices in order to reduce losses, potentially sparking an industry-wide price war, according to a new report.
Photography pioneer Kodak's patent infringement case against Apple with the International Trade Commission has been left in an uncertain transition due to the retirement of the judge overseeing the case.
Even as Nortel announced the completion of the sale of its 6,000 patents to a group of tech giants including Apple, Microsoft and Research in Motion, the U.S. Department of Justice is said to be intensifying an investigation into whether the deal would unfairly disrupt competitors.
Even as Kodak anxiously awaits a ruling from the International Trade Commission that could bring in more than a billion dollars in revenue from Apple and RIM, the photography company is counting on its patent portfolio to reverse a string of losses that have sent shares of its stock tumbling.
Only a few months after it first went on sale, the Wi-Fi-only model of Research in Motion's PlayBook touchscreen tablet is rumored to be discontinued, as it has failed to compete with Apple's market leading iPad. [Updated with response from RIM]
Courts in both Canada and the U.S. have approved the proposed $4.5 billion purchase of more than 6,000 wireless patents from bankrupt Canadian telecommunications equipment maker Nortel by Apple and five other companies.