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Qualcomm Buys Palm and Other Mobile Related Patents From HP

Qualcomm announced this afternoon that it has acquired a patent portfolio from HP that includes patents from Palm, IPAQ, and Bitfone. As you can imagine, they are indeed mobile-related, with Qualcomm saying that this acquisition “further enhances strength and diversity” of the companies patented mobile technologies. There are approximately 1,400 patents in the portfolio from the U.S. and approximately 1,000 from other countries.

Details outside of that are unknown, including how much Qualcomm paid. They did note that this “will enable the company to offer even more value to current and future licensees.”

Patents, so much fun. 

Qualcomm Acquires Palm, IPAQ and Bitfone Patent Portfolio from HP

Acquisition Further Enhances Strength and Diversity of Qualcomm Incorporated’s Patented Mobile Technologies

SAN DIEGO – January 23, 2014 – 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.

Via:  Qualcomm
  • Josh Carroll

    Irrational hope: somehow, this makes CDMA die in a fire.

    • Kevin

      If only this deal came about 5 years ago. LTE is all ready replacing CDMA. But the faster it dies the better.

      • Josh Carroll

        Not quickly enough. 🙁 Verizon will hold onto CDMA as long as they can to have leverage over the OEMs and users to do what they want with their devices!

        • kashtrey

          Except it doesn’t necessarily make too much economic sense to maintain the CDMA network. Yes, it provides them with device certification leverage but the cost to maintain the network over moving to LTE-A and VoLTE will be too much in the near future.

          • Josh Carroll

            Let’s hope so! Being able to take a carrier unlocked device (e.g. a Nexus) to ANY major carrier in the US should be a huge win for consumers.

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        • jack584

          Despite what the Verizon haters may think, Verizon wants to get rid of the old CDMA network as fast as they can. It costs more for them to maintain two different types of networks (CDMA and LTE), and costs them more to use the ancient 1X network for voice, compared to VoLTE when it will get released. It costs them more to send data over the 3G EVDO network compared to LTE, and so on…

          If Verizon could, they would shut CDMA down today and use the spectrum for more efficient LTE, but that won’t happen because theres still lots of devices that use the CDMA network.

          CDMA will be shut down by 2021, EVDO, their 3G network, will likely be shut down some time before that.

          • michael arazan

            They already stated in a statement that when they go to VoLTE that phones still will have cdma, “To fallback on.” There are far to many areas not covered by lte for verizon to cover without cdma. Especially along highways and back roads in sparsely populated areas.
            When I travel by highway from St.Louis to Chicago, about 85% of the drive is 3g only, and the same to KC.
            And I doubt Verizon is going to spend billions right now to blanket all US highways with LTE towers when they have 3g towers doing the job for them. Verizon is about the “bare minimum.” Which is why every area has congested lte networks and slow speeds. Because they only put up enough LTE towers to call an area covered. Had they really wanted to they could of put up more towers for the future and keep areas from being congested but that would have costed more. They don’t give a crap.

          • MK17

            I don’t know much about the technology, but is there any chance that 3g towers could just be retrofitted to LTE instead of building an entirely new tower? I figure that may be the big thing to do when CDMA goes bye bye

          • jack584

            That’s why Verizon can’t dump CDMA now, there isn’t enough LTE coverage yet, despite having the largest LTE network in the nation. There will be a time when a phone on Verizon is sold without a CDMA radio, it will be a ways off though, but before the 2021 shutoff date for CDMA.

          • MK17

            Do you have a link to anything that supports the claims. It makes sense because Verizon gave heavy data users on 3g only phones free LTE phones (2 yr contract) as an incentive to switch.

  • Michael