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Qualcomm swallows Palm and buys some mobile patents from HP

Which cover mobile operating system features
Fri Jan 24 2014, 12:32
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CHIP DESIGNER Qualcomm has picked up a portfolio of patents from HP to bolster its mobile product line.

The patents cover technologies that include fundamental mobile operating system features and are said to enable the company to offer "even more value to current and future licensees".

For example, the patents cover features such as rejecting an incoming call with a text and using location as a trigger for reminders, as well as several other technologies used in mobile products such as smartphones and tablets.

It's not yet known how much Qualcomm paid for the patents, but we do know that the deal includes roughly 2,400 granted patents and pending applications related to HP's Palm, Ipaq and Bitfone technologies. 1,400 of these are from the US, while 1,000 are from other countries.

HP acquired Palm for around US$1.2bn in April 2010. While it had been thought that Palm was a ripe target for some company to buy back then, many pundits expected that it would be Lenovo signing on the dotted line. HP seemed to come out of nowhere to pick up the company.

Qualcomm said the patents will contribute to its investment of a large portion of its revenue in R&D and enable it to provide additional value to its licensing customers over time.

At CES in Las Vegas earlier this month, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said that the firm will become a leader in the 64-bit processor market, despite an executive at the firm having earlier dismissed the technology as little more than a gimmick.

The firm's recently appointed CEO claimed that despite that executive's earlier dismissal of 64-bit chip technology, it aims to become a leader in the 64-bit processor market. µ

 

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