Case Study: Kendall Square Research, Inc.|
KTI was engaged by the Kendall Square Research, Inc. ("KSR") Creditors Committee to evaluate and help dispose of KSR's technology assets, which included a significant patent portfolio. KSR was a well-known supercomputer company whose KSR1 and KSR2 lines of supercomputers established new methods of tying together many smaller processors to create powerful computers.
KTI helped articulate a repositioning of the KSR technology as a powerful method of tying together computer nodes to create large scaleable computers using commodity components such as the Intel Pentium Pro (P6). Rather than viewing the KSR technology as merely a supercomputer technology, this perspective views the KSR technology as a way of creating computers of almost any size from a set of commodity building blocks. The KSR technology thus becomes an ideal way of creating a wide variety of systems from servers and mainframes to a new generation of local area network that harnesses the unused computes of the personal computers on the network.
KTI was appointed by the Court as the exclusive agent to sell and/or license the KSR technology. The result was the sale of the KSR patent portfolio to Sun Microsystems, Inc., and the licensing of KSR technology assets to Dolphin Systems, Inc.
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