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What: Eastman Kodak
So what: Kodak has a patent on a method to preview digital images that makes efficient use of precious processing power and storage. It claims that Apple's iPhone and RIM's BlackBerry violate that patent.
Now what: Settlements with Samsung and LG Electronics over the same patent were worth a combined $964 million to Kodak. The company's CEO predicted that settlements with Apple and RIM could be worth an additional $1 billion, though it's possible that would be spread over multiple years. An additional $1 billion would do wonders for this unprofitable company's bottom line in the near term, but it wouldn't resolve the business challenges behind its declining revenue.
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