Sun Pays Off Kodak On Patent

from the that's-what-you-get dept

Last week, just a day after Sun’s Jonathan Schwartz insisted that Sun absolutely believed in software patents, they got hit with a loss in a software patent case brought against them by Kodak. As we said at the time, if you live by the software patent, you die by the software patent. Well, it looks like Sun wanted to get that story out of the news as quickly as possible, so they took some of that settlement cash from Microsoft and have tossed it over to Kodak to settle the case — most likely for significantly less than the $1.6 billion Kodak wanted. Update: Indeed, now the reports are saying that Sun paid $92 million to settle. That’s a bit short of $1.6 billion. Now let’s see how quickly Kodak wastes it.

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “Sun Pays Off Kodak On Patent”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment
1 Comment
Steve Mueller (user link) says:


More importantly, let’s see the innovative products that Kodak has produced that use these patents. If they haven’t produced any, why do they need protection?

I also find it surprising that Sun rolled over on this. Either they really believe they infringed on the patent, their legal bills would have exceeded $92 million (!) or this is a political move to show how much they believe in software patents. I wonder which one, though….

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...