Is Apple Gaining Artillery in the Patent Wars?
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office officially published a list of 43 new patents granted to Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), four of which appear to be former Kodak patents that the iPhone maker purchased from the bankrupt company, reports Patently Apple.
Those purchased from Kodak include a patent that covers measurement of range using a zoom camera and a patent for wirelessly sharing digital images.
The granted patent for the latter states: “Some recent digital cameras have been provided with a capability to automatically initiate the installation of the photo sharing software the first time the digital camera is connected to a host computer. Notably, the Kodak EasyShare M530 Digital Camera incorporates this feature.”
As of now it is unclear exactly how Apple plans to use these patents, but it certainly equips their litigation team with some much needed ammo in the patent lawsuit wars. Others purportedly interested in acquiring Kodak patents include Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), and even Facebook (NASDAQ:FB).
But the four Kodak patents granted to Apple were a small percentage of the over 1,100 ones that Kodak sold for $527 million earlier this year. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will soon release the results for who acquired them, and litigation teams from all of the tech giants will undoubtedly be at the ready.
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