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Apple spends $10 million to license patents created by Palm and PalmSource

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Apple spends $10 million to license patents created by Palm and PalmSource
Apple has licensed some of the Intellectual Property created by Palm and PalmSource for a cool 1 billion JY ($10 million USD). The latter created the Palm OS PDA operating system used to power the Palm Treo, which sold over 38 million devices after its launch in 1996. Microsoft licensed many of the same patents in 2010, ostensibly for its Windows Phone platform. The patents are now owned by Japanese firm ACCESS and PalmSource is now known as ACCESS Systems Americas, Inc. The deal with ACCESS also gives Apple a license for some patents owned by Bell Communications Research and Geoworks.

The Palm Treo

The Palm Treo

Ironically, it was Apple's launch of the Apple iPhone in 2007 that put the nail in the coffin for the Palm Treo. Palm came back in 2009 with the launch of webOS and the Palm Pre. Widely expected to challenge the iPhone for smartphone supremacy, a lack of apps and a confusing ad campaign did in the Pre and by the end of 2009 it was the Motorola DROID  and Android that was giving the iPhone its first dose of competition.

Eventually, HP purchased Palm but could not do any better with its version of the Palm Pre. The webOS flavored HP TouchPad tablet also flopped and the Palo Alto company ended up selling webOS to Korean manufacturer LG, which will use it in its next generation of television sets.

source: Macotakara (translated) via AppleInsider

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posted on 10 Apr 2013, 10:01 3

1. Johnnokia (Posts: 464; Member since: 27 May 2012)


WebOS is the best multi tasking phone operating system.

So bad HP, just threw this priceless treasure like crazy children.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 10:36 1

3. sprockkets (Posts: 1077; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


That's what happens when you don't listen to your customers and keep releasing the crappy form factor pictured above.

Oh, and releasing a WM5 handset didn't help at all.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 11:13 5

5. Hemlocke (unregistered)


BB10 is right on par with WebOS. I sure am enjoying it. It is what Android should be, but unfortunately, Android will never be as slick or powerful.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 12:23 2

7. therealestmc (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


Yea go play with your laggy os. Bb10 is terrible.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 12:39

8. Hemlocke (unregistered)


I'm guessing you have owned fewer smartphones in your life than I have in the last month, so go troll someone who doesn't know any better.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 19:57

10. Penny (Posts: 1096; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Dammit Hem, I can't make up my mind! The new Nokia Lumia 928 rumored to hit Verizon by the end of this month, or the Z10. Any advice?

I definitely prefer the hardware of the Lumia in terms of screen, camera, speakers, and other potential goodies (super sensitive display, wireless charging). I don't need or care for a ton of apps, but I do need a good navigation app. At the same time, I can't help but just wish WP8 was built like BB10 from a core functionality standpoint!

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 10:12 2

2. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6135; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


And more law suits comin

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 11:13 6

4. dragonscourgex (Posts: 307; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


They licensed them. Didn't buy them. Apple is just able to use whatever tech the patent cover, without being sued for it. They can not use them to sue.

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 11:26 2

6. mrraider602 (Posts: 19; Member since: 27 Mar 2013)


Wow!! Good ol WebOs!! I owned an original Sprint Palm Pre since launch day and had it for over 2 years before I had to jump ship and get the E4GT.. And I agree, hands down best multi tasking operating system period! So disappointed Palm and HP dropped the ball on this one...

posted on 10 Apr 2013, 17:11 2

9. jroc74 (Posts: 4720; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I sense some freshness to iOS soon. It might be needed.

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