One wonders how the value of these patent monopolies will be diluted by divvying up these spoils among so many competitors. One also wonders why all these companies are getting in bed with Intellectual Ventures, which adds greatly to its credibility and clout.
Kodak's IP portfolio is deep and broad, as described by NY's Jewish Voice website. Kodak even argued during bankruptcy proceedings that Apple owed it over $1 billion in patent royalties, so it remains to be seen whether this purchase will be set-off against any of those alleged backpayments.
At one point, Kodak claimed its IP portfolio was worth as much as $2.6 billion. The deal must still be approved by the bankruptcy court, but it's looking good -- loans were extended to Kodak on the condition that its IP portfolio was sold for more than $500m, and it just barely made it.