Apple licenses former Palm smartphone patents for $10M
From the original smart device to the device that changed the definition of smart?
In March Apple licensed patents from the original Palm smartphone and PalmOS, which are currently being held by a Japanese company named Access Co. The patents include technology also developed by Bell Communications Research and Geoworks.
The sale was worth $10 million, according to an announcement by Access.
AppleInsider notes that Microsoft licensed some of the same patents in 2010, and the move is likely a defensive move to give Apple legal coverage in its ongoing patent battles with Samsung and others.
Palm ushered in the brief but exciting world of personal digital assistants which originally did little more than manage calendars and schedules, but eventually became one of the early smartphones. The company was acquired by HP in 2010 for over a billion dollars, and its software powers the HP TouchPad, which was discontinued 50 days after launching. Palm OS has since been open-sourced, and is now HP WebOS.
Access Co. did not provide any detail about which patents were actually bought, other than that they are smartphone-related.
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