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Kodak in Crisis Mines Patents for Cash Copying Texas Instruments

Eastman Kodak Co., seeking to mine its multibillion-dollar patent portfolio for cash to fund structural changes, is taking a page from strategies used by Texas Instruments Inc. and International Business Machines Corp.

Texas Instruments, the second-largest U.S. chipmaker, wrote the template decades ago on techniques to exploit patent holdings when a company is struggling, said Joseph Siino, who runs patent-consulting firm Ovidian Group. Losing market share to competitors, Texas Instruments used an aggressive litigation strategy that extracted royalties from those using the Dallas-based company’s technology without permission, he said.