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Report: Kodak gets patent bid from Apple, Google

Posted at: 12/10/2012 12:03 PM
By: Associated Press

Apple and Google, bitter rivals in smartphone technology, have joined up to make a combined bid for a bundle of patents offered by photography pioneer Kodak, according to a published report.
    
Bloomberg News reported Saturday that Apple Inc. and Google Inc. have abandoned competing bids for the portfolio to offer a combined $500 million. The sum is the minimum Kodak can sell the patents for and still get an $830 million loan that's crucial to getting the company out of bankruptcy.
    
Apple and Google declined to comment on the report. A Kodak representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    
Kodak filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January after struggling to adapt to the world of digital photography.