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Over 1400 patents and apps are from the US

Qualcomm has announced that it has purchased a number of patents from HP. The patent portfolio includes patents for Palm, IPAQ, and Bitfone. Qualcomm says that the patent purchase helps to enhance its strength and diversity in the mobile technologies realm.
The patent portfolio that Qualcomm purchased has over 1,400 patents and pending patent applications from the U.S. The portfolio also includes about 1,000 granted patents and pending applications from other countries. The patents cover a wide spectrum of technology including “fundamental mobile operating system techniques.”
Qualcomm and HP haven't disclosed the financial terms of the deal.
According to an HP spokesman that went on record with The Verge, the sale of the patents will not change HP’s focus on mobile technology. “We will retain a license to these patents," said the HP spokesman.”
Qualcomm says that the purchase will enable the company to offer more value to current and future patent licensees.

Sources: Qualcomm, The Verge

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Meg, Your Smartphone doesn't have HP on it!
By drycrust3 on 1/24/2014 12:52:11 PM , Rating: 2
According to an HP spokesman that went on record with The Verge, the sale of the patents will not change HP’s focus on mobile technology.

I cannot understand how these got Meg's approval to be sold. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that there is a good possibility that in the future a computer won't connect to a LAN, nor to a WiFi, but to the local mobile phone network. Why on earth would you sell patents associated with networking via the mobile phone system when it could easily be that in a few years every tablet sold has to be mobile phone capable?
The first impression one gets is that HP are having financial problems, which as far as I can tell isn't the case.

By bah12 on 1/24/2014 4:28:41 PM , Rating: 2
Most likely part of the deal was an exemption from HP using the patents, and also liekly they get a pass on some of Qualcomms. Since you are right, mobile is the growth market. It was probably a sweet deal to "sell" them to Qualcomm, while not only reaping the benefits of them, but possible some of Qualcomm's vast patent library.

Just guessing though.

Palm lives on..
By tat tvam asi on 1/24/2014 11:07:36 AM , Rating: 2
Going by Qualcomm's past record, this does not bode well for the mobile industry, though.

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