Smartphone competitors Apple and Google may be teaming up to gain control of a trove of imaging patents from former film heavyweight Kodak. Bloomberg reports that the two companies were behind a bid of more than $500 million earlier this week for Kodak’s 1,100 imaging patents. Kodak, which filed for bankruptcy earlier this year , had attempted to use its patent portfolio to sue several companies as its business prospects dwindled. Ironically enough, Apple claimed it had ownership of several of the patents — a move which eventually led to Kodak suing Apple for trying to block the patent auction. It’s not uncommon for companies to team up for this sort of group bid; a consortium that included Microsoft, Apple, and Research In Motion j..
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Apple and Google reportedly team up for Kodak patent bid