In the aftermath of Google’s $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility smartphone business, seen by many as a way for Google to obtain Motorola’s 17,000 patents, analysts are looking at other companies with large patent portfolios. In a recent Bloomberg News article, it was noted that Kodak’s patent portfolio is estimated at about $3 billion while the market value of the company is a mere $600 million. Most of Kodak’s patents relate to digital imaging technology. Potential buyers include Microsoft and Samsung. Meanwhile, it has been reported that Kodak is looking at ways to monitize its digial imaging patents, including possibly auctioning them off.
Kodak was granted its first patent (No. 306,594) in 1884, for “Photographic Film”: