Google and Apple teaming up to buy Kodak patents

Google and Apple teaming up to buy Kodak patents
Maybe Eric Schmidt had something going when he said that Apple and Google have a more adult relationship which may have disputes, but can still have mutual value. Or at least, there may have been something to the idea that Apple never targets Google in lawsuits. Word has it that the two companies are planning to team up and put in a joint bid for Kodak's imaging patents.

Bloomberg reports that Apple and Google are in talks to put up a joint bid of $500 million for a block of 1,100 Kodak patents. These are actually the same patents at the center of the lawsuit where Kodak claimed Apple had tried to block the sale. 

The report says that each company had tried to put together consortiums to purchase these patents earlier this year. Apple had tried to partner with Microsoft and Google with various Android manufacturers, before ultimately choosing to team up on the deal. 

No word yet if the offer will be accepted. 

source: Bloomberg via The Verge

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29 Comments

1. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I didn't know patents could be up for sale! Now i think i know why Apple wants patents, patents and more patents.

2. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Everyone wants patents. Google purchased Motorola for patents. Microsoft partnered with Nokia partially for patents.

4. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

...but not to a point where they sue people irrationally.

6. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Nothing is rational in the patent system

9. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I don't see Nokia, Samsung, Google and some more being irrational...

16. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Very well said+1 from me, I was about to say the same! Michael.H has nothing to say or reply nor dispute on your comment!™®©

18. Hemlocke unregistered

Nokia started the smartphone patent wars, which is why Apple is paying them $600+ million a quarter. Microsoft makes more off Android than they do from Windows Phone. Motorola and Samsung have both used standards-essential patents to sue companies other than Apple. Motorola has done it pre and post Google acquisition. What you MEANT to say was you bury your head in the sand when anyone else does it except Apple, for whom you have an irrational hatred because you are a fanboy.

24. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Nokia might have started it...but the lawsuit wasn't like what Apple is doing now. I don't need to remind you of how Apple is suing every bit that looks similar to phones in general.

25. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Look at it this way. How many phrama companies sue each other just because color of pill is WHITE or all antidiabetic pills which fall in same "class of drugs" sue each other? They don't. Get what i eman to say :)

3. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

I don't like this patent system!

7. wendygarett unregistered

Poor Nathan... Lol

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude all these business's want patents, and u say not to the point of suing irrationally. Tell me who's board of directors do u sit on? What company r u a CEO of to know what they're suing, or not suing about? U r a consumer that dislikes apple, and likes to come on PA and run your mouth. That's it and that's all

19. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

so, you are in favor of patenting device with rounded edges? Candy bar style? Touchscreen?

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nope, I'm n favor of walking into the store picking a device and buying it. I don't worry about patent disputes, cuz I don't work for these companies. I'm mindful that I'm a consumer. I do however wish that the lawsuits n stuff would cease, and companies play nice.

27. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

and that would be an apple product. dude you can choose apple or htc whichever that rock your boat. apple start changing the public opinion on their own accord. You sow the seed, you reap its award.

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bro we don't work for these companies, and not one of these companies r as innocent as they claim to b in public. Samsung, apple, Nokia,google,Motorola,BB, and the rest all have dirty laundry that they simply will not air in public. Do u really think apple is suing Samsung totally for nothing? C'mon Joey I've read stuff from u before, and ur an intelligent person...u can't b that naive. Samsungs not innocent bro, and neither is apple. Both of them r going at it for reasons both public, and private. U really think their gonna let we the consumer know all there is to know? I wish all this patent crap would b over with, but its not going away anytime soon...that's the sad reality. Big business is big business, and its never innocent.

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31055; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They can be but sometimes it includes the sale of a company, like when google bought Motorola they acquired motos patents.

5. AWiseGuy

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

Apple and Google... *teaming up?* Well, pack your things y'all. I believe the date is the 21st.

11. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

LOL!! Yea.....I really hope this is the beginning of Google and Apple working together, leading by example.

8. BadAssAbe

Posts: 507; Member since: Apr 22, 2011

Google keep your friends close but keep your enemys closer ;-)

10. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

i dont know but in my opinion... whats so great with kodak patents? well maybe im wrong coz they've been in the business for so long (100+ years!! sad to see this company down) but why will apple buy it? they dont even make there own camera sensor (iPhone's camera is a sony) and also why google? the one that should but its patents are those who are in the camera business..canon etc etc.. but for me, it should be either nokia or sony!!! but anyways..they got the money...so let it be!

12. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Mototola phones need better cameras. I hope if Google gets these they will make their way into Moto phones.

15. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

but the fact is that google just bought motorola for its patents against apple! and they dontt even give them special treatment

17. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

If Apple gets hold of these patent, there will be no competition, nor patent fees to pay Apple for using there patents! They don't like others to use what's not there's ™®©

23. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Personally, Apple should be banned from buying Kodak patents if they're going to insist on taking prissy purple pictures ♥ IMHO. .......

22. dc0321

Posts: 24; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

omfg .can someone tell me what doesnt have patens ......

26. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Kamasutra

28. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I'm gonna cry!! this is awesome!! cease fire guys and make us even better smartphones!!

31. molanjames

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 11, 2012

Apple, does not get hold of any more patents. They already have the mother of all patents - an electronic device in a rectangular shape with rounded corners.

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