Speaking of liabilities, some small company sued Kodak every time they made a move. Think of Berkey, Pavell and GAF each suing Kodak because they were ready with a C22 or Ektaprint C work alike and Kodak came out with C41 and Ektaprint 3. They claimed that Kodak did it maliciously to injure their entry into the processing kit business and they won all 3 cases. In industry, it a law suit, the big guy almost always loses and gets hit with lawyer fees, fines and a general caution in plans to move ahead.
This hindered many nascent plans in R&D. Projects were cancelled out of hand. This happened over and over during my time there.