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Purchase price and specific patent numbers not known

Qualcomm this afternoon announced that it has acquired some 2,400 patents and patent applications from HP and what's left of Palm Inc., which HP picked up in 2010. Qualcomm says 1,400 of those were in the U.S., with the additional thousand coming from other countries.

The newly acquired portfolio, Qualcomm says, "covers technologies that include fundamental mobile operating system techniques." In addition to patents from Palm, the portfolio also includes IPAQ (one of the earliest precursors to the modern-day smartphone), and Bitfone, an over-the-air update service HP purchased in 2006.

Palm has long had a respected patent portfolio, even after its smartphone business went belly-up. As one of the founding companies of the smartphone revolution, it holds many foundational patents, including gems like "Integrated Handheld Computing and Telephony System and Services," i.e. smartphone. Along with Motorola, Nokia, BlackBerry, Palm's patents comprise the basis of what modern smartphones are build off of.

Qualcomm is a major manufacturer of smartphone processing platforms — especially in the Android space — alongside the likes of Intel and NVIDIA. Terms of the purchase were not released.

Qualcomm's full statement is after the break.

Source: Qualcomm

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) and HP today announced that Qualcomm Incorporated has acquired a patent portfolio from Hewlett-Packard Company, Hewlett-Packard Development Co LP and Palm Inc. 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.
 

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Qualcomm picks up 2,400 patents from HP and the defunct Palm

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Probably Apple claimed the rights to 'patent' and now they can't use that anymore... Welcome 'Patants' and 'Patant Trolls'.

Hopefully they use these patents (err, "patants") for good (like bringing awesome new features to devices) and not evil (like suing everyone that uses something vaguely similar to a vague patent)

Or companies that own patents and don't create anything and use their patents for only suing for infringement and licensing fees like Rockstar Consortium is doing. Companies that hold various amounts of patents should be forced to release products using those patents or forfeit their rights of being able to troll companies for using them. Force an Industry standard of 'use it or lose it.' If you don't use your own patents in a product in a full year, then you lose the right if another company does in a similar process of using it.

So how much did LG get? And how many total Palm patents were there?

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"Along with Motorola, Nokia, BlackBerry, Palm's patents comprise the basis of what modern smartphones are build off of."

But NOT Apple! ;-)

Palm screwed it up first. HP just put the final nail in the coffin.
I miss mine too. Wave Launcher helps a little bit.

They should have partnered with a hardware manufacturer. The hardware was shit. The software was an awesome.

Nexus 4 - CM10.1.3

+1 for wave launcher! Been using it for years. Still one of the best purchases I've ever made on android.

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oh please. the market disagreed. you whining nostalgic Palm fanboys are almost as annoying and delusional as those silly crackberry canucks. ALMOST.

I'm sick of you're hatrid for French Canadians.

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You've got to be careful taking anything Palm-related, as the Palm Curse may rub off on you.

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I don't get why Google didn't buy these patent when clearly the likes of Apple and Microsoft are trying their hardest to destroy Android ecosystem? It don't hurt to have such important portfolio like the one palm had! I just don't get it.

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no you think about it! how many lawsuit android oems are loosing against the evil empire patent troll that are apple and Microsoft, it doesn't hurt to have as many patent in your arsenal as possible specially if you have the money like Google does.

The Qualcomm pdQ: Kill two birds with one phone
December 3, 1999
Web posted at: 3:32 p.m. EST (2032 GMT)

By Rawn Shah
For CNN Interactive

(CNN) -- When Qualcomm first mentioned that they were partnering with 3Com's Palm Computing division to build a cell phone combined with a Palm Pilot, the possibilities were exciting. Talk about James Bond-like gadgetry in palm of your hand. This device lets you make calls, keep records, send email, browse the web and run over a thousand different applications, all while on the go. Although a cell phone, it is one of the first truly portable, mobile and multipurpose Internet devices.

http://edition.cnn.com/1999/TECH/ptech/12/03/qualcomm.pdq/index.html

Palm's fate was very unfortunate. Especially that iOS 7 ripped off all of their innovations.

Nexus 4 - CM10.1.3

As if android never ripped off webOS?

All, all, oses would be nothing without stealing anything.

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Well, good. Better the portfolio be in the hands of a reputable company within the market with the possibility of actually putting them to use rather than some lowly, bottom-feeding patent lawsuit firm.