Kodak is a big company in a mid-size town. An old company. Its management grew old, protectionist -- that was back in the 80's and 90's. They weren't willing to promote the risk-taking. Very much like the Detroit car-makers, and even worse. The photo film business was Kodak.
The motive of punishing the inventive continues. As does the abuse of the very IDEALS of what *US* patents are about -- encouraging INVENTION and INNOVATION. Today the patent industry is like what was LEFT BEHIND IN ENGLAND. Punish all risktakers, destroy all innovation and protect the established.
Kodak is on its last legs. Anytime it is able to sell off a business unit for an even remotely good deal, it will. Of course these are the business units that are the more successful ones in the company because they are the only ones that are worth anything.
In 1982 Kodak employed 60,000 people in the Rochester area. Today that number is 7,000. Kodak really isn’t a big company anymore. If it still exists in 5 years I will be surprised.