Kodak finally found a buyer for its 1,100-patent digital imaging portfolio, and an end to its bankruptcy may be in sight. A consortium led by Intellectual Ventures and RPX Corp. and including Apple, Google, Adobe, Amazon, Samsung, Microsoft, Research in Motion, HTC, Huawei and Shutterfly will acquire the patents. This is good news for Kodak, but Alexander Poltorak comments on why Kodak's patent auction didn't produce the kind of bidding bonanza that Nortel Networks' patent auction did in 2011.
With a consortium of Big Tech companies purchasing its patents for $525 million, Kodak may soon find its way out of bankruptcy. But the selling price fell quite short of the amount at which the patents were initially valued. GPC's Alexander Poltorak explains why. ("Kodak sells imaging patents for $525m, coming close to bankruptcy end" Industry Leaders Magazine - December 20, 2012)
December 19, 2012 - Samsung announced that it will drop its lawsuits against Apple in Europe, where it had been attempting to block sales of Apple devices. Samsung had been facing an antitrust probe from European regulators.
December 18, 2012 - U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh denied Apple's request for an injunction on Samsung smartphones, in part because such a ban would be harmful to the public interest and also because the devices contain much more than the infringing features.
December 17, 2012 - A federal jury in Delaware found that Apple's iPhone infringes three patents belonging to MobileMedia Ideas, a non-practicing entity owned jointly by Sony, Nokia and MPEG LA.
The lawsuit originally included fourteen patents, but the case only went to trial over three. The jury found that those three patents are infringed by the iPhone's camera and methods of call handling and call rejection.
Over three years ago, we first told the story of Jammie Thomas-Rasset, who was found guilty of copyright infringement over 24 songs she had downloaded and shared via the Kazaa file-sharing service.
December 10, 2012 - A lawsuit between LendingTree LLC and QuinStreet Inc. has been resolved.
LendingTree brought the lawsuit against QuinStreet in September 2010 for infringement of a patent on coordinating loans over the Internet. Under the terms of the settlement, QuinStreet agreed not to challenge the LendingTree patent's validity and licensed the patent.
December 3, 2012 - A federal district judge in Seattle ruled that Motorola is not entitled to an injunction on Microsoft products that infringe certain of its standards-essential patents on the H.264 advanced video coding standard and the 802.11 wireless LAN standard.
What is it with kooky shoes and lawsuits? Last June, we reported on a lawsuit between Gucci and Guess over some overpriced bowling shoes. Now we are pleased to inform you that Vibram and Fila have settled their litigation over "barefoot shoes" - AKA those funky neoprene and mesh shoes with the individual toe casings.