According to Bloomberg, Google and Apple may have banded together to offer more than $500 million for the Kodak patents. Previously, the two companies had lead separate coalitions, both after the same patents, but now it appears they have teamed up. While these two companies have previously battled one another in court over patents, this purchase could potentially mitigate future action. If they all own the imaging patents, then they can't sue each other over them. It would also allow for the companies to offer a higher price than they would be able to give individually.