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

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.

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



1. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

WebOS is the best multi tasking phone operating system. So bad HP, just threw this priceless treasure like crazy children.

3. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 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.

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.

7. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

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

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.

10. Penny

Posts: 1869; Member since: Feb 04, 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!

2. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

And more law suits comin

4. dragonscourgex

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 16, 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.

6. mrraider602

Posts: 36; Member since: Mar 27, 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...

9. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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

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