Qualcomm buys Palm, iPAQ and Bitfone patents from HP

Qualcomm has announced the acquisition of Palm, IPAQ and Bitfone patent portfolio from HP.

The Palm patents are, of course, those HP got when it acquired Palm Inc. back in April 2010 for $1.2 billion.

The iPAQ patents come from HP’s acquisition of Compaq Computer Corporation in 2002 and the Bitfone patents from HP’s acquisition of the Bitfone mobile device software in December 2006.

According to the official announcement from Qualcomm, which is not very detailed about the deal:

The portfolio, comprising approximately 1,400 granted patents and pending patent applications from the US and approximately 1,000 granted patents and pending patent applications from other countries, covers technologies that include fundamental mobile operating system techniques. The acquisition further enhances the strength and diversity of Qualcomm Incorporated’s industry-leading mobile patent portfolio and will enable the company to offer even more value to current and future licensees. The purchase price was not publicly disclosed.

If you recall, LG acquired webOS from HP in early 2013 (see LG acquires webOS from HP), so after this deal closes, it appears that HP would have managed to recoup most of the $1.2 billion it spent on Palm, Inc. The interesting thing to watch now is what Qualcomm will do with all this mobile device patents in its kitty. I suspect that the company will try to do more with them than just enable it to “offer even more value to current and future licensees.”

Related Posts

What to do when Shutter’s Edit button is disabled Shutter is a nice screen grabber application with image editing features. There was a time when all it's features worked out of the box. Not any mo...
EFF releases experimental open wireless router firmware The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has announced the release of the alpha version of an Open Wireless Router firmware. It was officially announc...
What is an init system? Editor: This is a short and to-the-point article to read if you want to get a proper understanding of how your Linux system boots. Back in Fedora 1...
YotaPhone. Always-on dual screen, thicker than most, but not by much The YotaPhone is a smartphone from Yota Devices Ltd., a Russian company that also manufactures a portable LTE router called Ruby. YotaPhone is an ...
Open source key to software re-use of public administrations "Free and open source software enables more effective actions, with a very low cost, when financing small projects for public administrations", says O...
Digital Science Studio and the HTTP code: 500, type: java.io.IOException error Digital Science Studio (DSS) "is a software platform that aggregates all the steps and big data tools necessary to get from raw data to production rea...

We Recommend These Vendors and Free Offers

ContainerizeThis 2016 is a free, 2-day conference for all things containers and big data. Featured, will be presentations and free, hands-on workshops. Learn more at ContainerizeThis.com

Launch an SSD VPS in Europe, USA, Asia & Australia on Vultr's KVM-based Cloud platform starting at $5:00/month (15 GB SSD, 768 MB of RAM).

Deploy an SSD Cloud server in 55 seconds on DigitalOcean. Built for developers and starting at $5:00/month (20 GB SSD, 512 MB of RAM).

Want to become an expert ethical hacker and penetration tester? Request your free video training course of Online Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking

Whether you're new to Linux or are a Linux guru, you can learn a lot more about the Linux kernel by requesting your free ebook of Linux Kernel In A Nutshell.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *