Google and Apple open bidding for Kodak’s patents

Google and Apple open bidding for Kodak’s patents
Kodak is one of the giants in the camera industry and now that the company has declared bankruptcy, it’d rely on its patents to pay out creditors. Luckily, it has two investor groups bidding for the patents, one headed by Apple and the other one led by Google.

While this sounds like good news for the value of the patents as both Apple and Google have plenty of reasons to get more patents, the initial bids came lower than expected. Kodak expects to get $2.6 billion out of its patent portfolio, but if the bidding continues as it started the sum might come in lower than that. Initial bids came at between $150 million and $250 million.

For Google, Kodak’s patents would mean strengthening the Android ecosystem and giving a feeling of safety to Android manufacturers that are now getting slammed with patents from Apple and others.

Apple on the other hand will definitely use the patents to its advantage. The company in Cupertino has plenty of cash to outbid Google if it wants, and adding those new patents might fortify its legal attacks.

source: AllThingsD



33. Lwazi_N

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

Apple can apply for the exact same patents Kodak owns, and be granted those. They have done it before, if you recall the multitouch saga- of which that patent was granted to another company back in the 90s.

32. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Well ...i think there was anothrr article regarding this where it was said that google is teaming up with the above mentioned companies

30. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

oh i wish RIM could buy some patents too! i want them to live!!!

25. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

Google is also getting the support of Samsung ,LG And their partners in bidding...while apple is teaming up with Microsoft...Fair Enough...i guess..

29. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Whats wild about those 3 companies you named also make WP phones...

20. blazee

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Btw I'm loosing the good perception of Microsoft now that they are teaming up w apple on this

18. 9_HeLLs_oF_DrOid

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 02, 2012

Google will definitely lose. Apple has cash and that's what matters.

16. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

If Apple gets these patents they will lead a legal tirade against every phone manufacturer and camera manufacturer possible. Also any Kodak patents or innnovations will also be name wiped from history and hence forth be known as 'apple' innovations and inventions.

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 31811; Member since: Feb 05, 2011


13. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

as if you are 100% sure google won't use these patents to stop it's competitors. as much as you want to portray google as a hero fighting a villain, there's still a devil inside them.

14. MartyK

Posts: 1045; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

Name one company Google sue that did not sue them first!!. And a link just-because-you say-so either.

17. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

"the hand in the cookie jar!"​gle

19. audiblenarcotic

Posts: 114; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I used your link and it lead to a page that doesn't exist.

22. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

oh sorry to make you work harder. you can search it from mr. google if you want. i'm not forcing you to do so, but then that supposed to be the link for martyk.

27. matrix_neo

Posts: 334; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

as usual اsheep can't support their claims... there's a devil also inside a fruit (a.k.a. apple) look those people who ate that fruit... they became part of a cult. It's quite obvious you're being a part of them now. What do you think apple will do with Kodak patents? If they able to use those patent in suing Samsung and other companies, how much more if they owned Kodak patents. Think first before you post!!!

28. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Exactly. Even if it they did sue first....must not have been a big deal. I'm sure there would be news about it. Its not so much cheering for Google, but cheering against Apple. Ppl that have seen whats happened with lawsuits over the past 3 years should understand this.....unless they are Apple, iPhone fanboys.

11. marchels14 unregistered

if Google dos not get these patents all the other companies who make smartphones are screwed and we are also ,so Google please buy them if you don't the fair smartphone market is over and rain of rotter Apple begins to rise.

10. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

Let's go apple and Microsoft needs to be the backup to apple. Time to demolish google

9. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Apple should not be allowed to even bid. Google is trying to get them to protect themselves and their partners so they can keep making an awesome OS and awesome phones. Where Apple, is just trying to get them so they can go on the attack and hopefully setup a ecosystem where they are the only one with a smartphone and if anyone else does comes out with one, they would have pay a crap load to Apple for license fees. This would not be good for the consumers.

8. Stayfly2407

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 15, 2011

Come on APPLE! Make it rain on google lol we need this

24. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

You sure do.

7. Fallout09

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

I hate to say it but I see Apple flexing there wallet in a show of power. Good luck Google.

6. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012



Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Cause they have no cash flow.

5. chocolatebear76

Posts: 123; Member since: Mar 03, 2011

Is apple really got more money than google?i wish to know this fact

12. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

4. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

last thing we want is apple getting these,

3. ahomad

Posts: 175; Member since: May 15, 2012

"The company in Cupertino has plenty of cash to outbid Google if it wants" I don't agree with this point. Google is as rich as apple (may be not as much) but they have more than $40 billion in reserve. and I am sure that Apple won't pay more than that for these patents. so it is not a matter that apple will get it if they want to. its a matter of which one (Apple or Google) think it deserve more and which one is willing to pay more.

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Dear Google, Please outbid the rotten fruit and get these parents. Give Kodak the $2.6 billion they are asking for and use these patents to your advantage. Sincerely, a happy Android user.

15. nofear

Posts: 151; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Very nicely said and thank you for your support.

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