Apple and Google reportedly team up for Kodak patent bid

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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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