Maya-Systems, a knowledge-management solutions provider, has confirmed that it sold some of its patent portfolio to Apple during the third quarter of 2012.
According to the announcement, the patents cover "axis-based user interface technology."
Montreal-based Maya-Systems highlighted one of its cornerstone products, IamOrganized, as the "first all-in-one file manager, sharing platform, cloud storage, and workflow-management tool" that uses this kind of UI technology.
Financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed. Apple has also not issued a public statement, so it's not exactly clear as to how the Cupertino, California-based corporation plans to make use of these new patents.
However, given that the UI patents were being used to cover cloud-based apps and tools, it is being speculated that Apple is giving this space a stronger look.
This could also mean that Apple will be giving iCloud a significant upgrade with more services and features, among other services getting deeper cloud integration, such as iPhoto and iTunes.