Qualcomm Acquires Mobile OS-Related Patents from Hewlett-Packard

Qualcomm Buys Bitfone, iPaq and Palm Patents from HP

by Anton Shilov
01/23/2014 | 09:32 PM

Qualcomm, one of the leading developers of mobile application processors, and Hewlett-Packard have signed an agreement under which the former acquires mobile operating system’s related patent from the latter. The portfolio will help Qualcomm to boost its competitive positions.

 

The portfolio, comprising approximately 1400 granted patents and pending patent applications from the U.S. and approximately 1,000 granted patents and pending patent applications from other countries, covers technologies that include fundamental mobile operating system techniques. HP obtained the patents when it acquired Bitfone, Compaq and Palm companies.

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.

Qualcomm sells its own Toq Smartwatch that runs on its own software. In addition, the firm provides software stack with the purchase of its system-on-chip for mobile devices. In order to avoid potential litigations, Qualcomm needs to own software-related patents, especially as the software it develops for its hardware becomes more complex.