Apple buying axis-based UI patents from Maya-Systems

Summary:Apple bought more than a dozen user interface-related patents, some of which are raising speculation about future changes to iCloud.

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.

Topics: Patents, Apple, iOS, iPad, iPhone

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Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider, FastCompany.com, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for MainStreet.com, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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