Google and Apple open bidding for Kodak’s patents
posted by Victor H. / Aug 07, 2012, 7:30 AM
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.
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Good luck, Google! Keep the patent troll at bay!
posted on Aug 07, 2012, 7:34 AM 25
The Google cheerleading here is just bizarre. This is how fanboys are born.
posted on Aug 07, 2012, 3:10 PM 2
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Seeing how Google and Apple has done with their patents.....I say its a valid point. Not so much cheering for Google...but cheering against Apple. More patents for more lawsuits? To repeat what he said: Good luck Google! Keep the patent troll at bay!
posted on Aug 07, 2012, 6:39 PM 1
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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.
posted on Aug 07, 2012, 7:34 AM 28
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"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.
posted on Aug 07, 2012, 7:36 AM 8
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Is apple really got more money than google?i wish to know this fact
posted on Aug 07, 2012, 7:42 AM 4
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yeah, apple's likes 3 times richer than googlehttp://www.phonearena.com/news
posted on Aug 07, 2012, 8:02 AM 2
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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.
posted on Aug 07, 2012, 7:53 AM 12
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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.
posted on Aug 07, 2012, 8:24 AM 0
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Name one company Google sue that did not sue them first!!. And a link also..no just-because-you say-so either.
posted on Aug 07, 2012, 8:42 AM 7
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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!!!
posted on Aug 07, 2012, 6:39 PM 3
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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.
posted on Aug 07, 2012, 6:42 PM 0
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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.
posted on Aug 07, 2012, 9:13 AM 6
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