RPX was formed to defend against patent trolls like Intellectual Ventures. Given,however, that RPX's founders come from Intellectual Ventures, will it have the stomach to fight?
The much-coveted digital imaging patents go to little-known RPX and controversial Intellectual Ventures, which represents companies such as Apple, Google, Samsung, Microsoft, and RIM.
San Francisco start-up RPX says it plans to buy patents for products it neither produces nor sells in order to offer legal protection for companies such as clients Cisco Systems and IBM.
Kodak has reached an agreement whereby it will sell a cache of patents worth US$525 million to a consortium of tech companies, including Apple, Google, Facebook and Samsung.
With just two small changes, Twitter's Innovator's Patent Agreement could transform the software patent arena, says Peter Yared.
With Apple, Intel, and others now in the auction for Nortel's portfolio of wireless patents, it seems almost certain Google will have to raise its $900 million "stalking-horse bid" to prevail.
Apple and Google are unlikely bedfellows, but have joined forces to rescue Kodak's patent library.
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Venture firm says it intends to focus investments from its latest fund on startups with, "disruptive technologies, teams and business models."
The fierce competitors could once again pool their resources to snatch up a collection of high-value patents from Kodak.