Kodak News; July 23 – 27

History in the making…

On Thursday, a US District Court Judge told Apple that they cannot move their suit against Kodak from Bankruptcy Court to the District Court. This includes 10 patents that help digital cameras to preview photos on computer screens. Those patents are also part of the collection that Kodak is auctioning off.

Also on Thursday. the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle ran the article; “Kodak retirees balking at bigwig bonuses.” They say that some retirees are complaining that while their benefits may be cut that the top execs are asking for bonuses if they make it out of bankruptcy. A group of retirees is asking the Bankruptcy Judge to deny the bonuses.

In an article in the Wall Street Journal on Friday, they suggest that Apple, Microsoft and Intellectual Ventures (founded by ex-Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold) are teaming up to bid for Kodak’s digital patents. Their competition is another group with Google,RPX Corp., and hardware manufacturers including Samsung, LG and HTC. Those bids are due by July 30th with the auction taking place on Aug. 8th.

The “Mail Online” (London, UK) has this story about prints of some of the Kodak Coloramas being shown in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal. The Coloramas were huge color transparencies that were on display from 1950 to 1990. This display is 38 prints each measuring 2×6 feet. These prints were created by the George Eastman House. The web page includes 11 images of the Coloramas. Notice that in all but 1 image there is someone holding a Kodak camera.