Apple buying axis-based UI patents from Maya-Systems

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.