A consortium organized by Intellectual Ventures and RPX Corporation will pay approximately $525 million for purchase and licenses of Kodak's digital imaging patents.
The proposed transaction, which achieves one of Kodak's key restructuring objectives, follows other recent major accomplishments that include an agreement for interim and exit financing for the company's emergence from its Chapter 11 restructuring, and resolution of U.S. retiree non-pension benefits liabilities.
Under the agreements, Kodak will receive approximately $525 million, a portion of which will be paid by 12 intellectual property licensees organized by Intellectual Ventures and RPX Corporation, with each licensee receiving rights with respect to the digital imaging patent portfolio and certain other Kodak patents. Another portion will be paid by Intellectual Ventures, which is acquiring the digital imaging patent portfolio subject to these new licenses, as well as previously existing licenses.
The consortium includes Adobe Systems Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Apple Inc, Facebook Inc, Fujifilm, Google Inc, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd, HTC Corp, Microsoft Corp, Research In Motion Ltd, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Shutterfly Inc, according to court documents.
"This monetization of patents is another major milestone toward successful emergence," Antonio M. Perez, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said. "Our progress has accelerated over the past several weeks as we prepare to emerge as a strong, sustainable company. This proposed transaction enables Kodak to repay a substantial amount of our initial DIP loan, satisfy a key condition for our new financing facility, and position our Commercial Imaging business for further growth and success."
The transaction also includes an agreement to settle current patent-related litigation between the participants and Kodak.
The proposed transaction is subject to the approval of the Bankruptcy Court and the satisfaction of certain customary conditions.