Filings with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office show the transfer of a number of patents from Kodak to Apple has begun, with the letter taking ownership of several patents covering aspects of digital photography, reports “AppleInsider” (http://tinyurl.com/c7dth6b)
The patents in question — 8,432,479, 8,432,472, 8,432,456, and 8,432,461 — cover measurement of range using a zoom camera, displaying and sharing digital images, and wireless sharing of digital images via a network. “Apple will likely put the patents to use further protecting from litigation its bestselling line of iOS devices, as well as its Mac computers,” notes “AppleInsider.”
In 2011 Kodak offered to sell 1,000 patents related to digital photography. The company had been losing money despite its efforts to convert from film to digital photography.