Kodak, Sun Settle High-Stakes Lawsuit Over Java

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - Eastman Kodak Co. accepted a $92 million payout by Sun Microsystems Inc. to settle a $1 billion patent-infringement lawsuit over the Silicon Valley company's Java programming language.

A federal jury in Kodak's hometown decided last Friday, after a three-week trial, that Java infringes on patents Kodak acquired when it bought Wang Laboratories Inc.'s imaging software business for $260 million in 1997.

The night before the trial's damages phase, which was to begin Thursday, the companies ended their two-year-old battle in an out-of-court settlement.

Details here from the AP via the San Jose Mercury News.