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Kodak has actually had lots of frightening moments in its recent history, not the least of which was wondering whether or not it can sell digital imaging patents to help escape bankruptcy. It’s putting some of that injury to rest now that it has actually formally closed the lately approved sale. The $ 527 million offer shares 1,100 patents with a complex web of companies, consisting of Apple and Google, operating under alliances led by Intellectual Ventures and RPX. The buyers intend to use the patents as defenses against imaging-related suits, and they have actually accepted settle any remaining legal entanglements with Kodak at the same time. Kodak still stands to acquire the most from the offer, nonetheless: the cash helps pay back a large piece of a vital loan, and it guarantees the possible financiers that the business should leave bankruptcy by mid-2013. We still won’t get back the Kodak we as soon as understood, but the name will at least soldier on.
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You probably won’t know the name, but you most certainly use its technology on a daily basis. InterDigital is a pioneering company that helped develop WCDMA, 3G and HSDPA during its 50-year history. It counts former Apple CEO Gil Amelio as one of its directors, but the only time you’ll ever hear its name is when it’s embroiled in litigation.
Either because it’s suing, or being sued for licensing fees in the complex, murky world of wireless technologies, it’s easy to get the idea that InterDigital is a patent troll. A name that, both Nokia and most recently, Huawei have barely stopped short of throwing at the company.
But what’s it like being painted as the villain in the wireless business pantomime? Company president and CEO William “Bill” Merritt took the time to answer some of our questions, talk about what the company actually does, what’s in the future and why they definitely aren’t a patent troll.
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Android’s always had a best friend forever (or, for the time being) in Verizon. Together, the two companies were able to establish Andy Rubin’s mobile OS as a serious platform competitor, fighting back against the then threat of AT&T’s exclusive iPhone juggernaut with Moto’s Droid. Flash forward to present day and it’s no wonder Big Red’s SVP John Thorne is giving a public-facing, albeit tentative, thumbs up to Google’s Motorola Mobility acquisition. Thorne’s official line on the deal concerns the “stability [it might bring] to the ongoing smartphone patent disputes,” but the executive declined to comment further, citing a lack of known details for the proposed buyout. Certainly, the wireless operator has good reason to keep a close eye on the takeover, as a recent Chitika survey pegs it with a commanding 41 percent share of active Android handsets. So far, only Nokia has come out from behind Microsoft’s shadow, hailing the move as a boon for WP7 and casting shade on Google’s intentions. As for the rest of the industry, it appears they’re all making heavy use of that nifty statement generator. Hit the more coverage link to see what we mean.
Come one, come all — we’re guessing you won’t want to miss the most comical business arrangement since the latter part of 2007, when ROK acquired a majority share of Rock. Believe it or not, iControl and uControl have somehow put their selfish ways aside to come together as one, but it’s pretty clear who’s really in control. The merged company will forge ahead as iControl Networks, leaving u with nothing but fading memories and half a bottle of Jack. In all seriousness, this melding of minds could definitely give the home automation world a boost it’s badly in need of; fragmentation and a lack of universal compatibility (not to mention stratospheric pricing) has severely hindered adoption in the consumer universe, and we’re hoping that these guys can somehow make ZigBee, Z-Wave and your ZR1 talk to each other sans any hoop jumping. ‘Course, we wouldn’t expect any sort of quick collaboration — these two have to get on speaking terms before any magic happens, you know?
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