HP iPaq and selling WebOS patents to Qualcomm




HP iPaq and selling WebOS patents to Qualcomm

Qualcomm has announced 1,400 American and another thousand foreign patents on webOS, iPaq and Bitfone be obtained from HP. HP retains a license to the patents. It is unclear how Qualcomm has paid for the acquisition.

HP iPAQ h4155 Pocket PC

How many patents exactly it is unclear. There are 1400 thousand U.S. patents and foreign patents sold, but it is an unknown number of overlapping. The patents go partly on old concepts of the webOS platform, a platform that is now owned by LG. When LG webOS bought last year, HP still took into patents held, which now owned by Qualcomm are. The impact of this acquisition, LG, is unclear. LG used webOS for TVs, while it was originally built for smartphones.

Other patents are transferred in this sale are older and include the HP iPaq devices, pocket PCs around ten years ago that ran on Windows Mobile and originally developed by Compaq. This also turned PDAs software Bitfone software for managing the device, which are also patents are transferred to Qualcomm.

Qualcomm makes no phones, tablets or PDAs, but especially mobile processors. With the acquisition of these software patents, the company says it can offer “more value” to its customers. Moreover, it could provide protection against patent-related lawsuits, for example, any process against. Extra protection with this purchase


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