In a recent article published on, Zusha Elinson writes about the "scary scenario" of Intellectual Ventures selling patents to third parties who then go on to assert them against companies that refuse to take a licence. Elinson identifies one such deal which has ended up with famed patent plaintiffs lawyer Ray Niro representing a client that claims Eastman Kodak and CDW Corp have infringed a right relating to digital image frames. The suggestion is that should Niro be successful IV stands to gain a share of the resulting financial return.

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