What Happened to Acer's Palm OS License?
Back in early 2001, Acer became a licensee of the Palm OS. The company was one of the first licensees that was going to target the Chinese PDA market. They released 3 Palm Powered PDAs, then seemed to completely vanish from the Palm OS scene...
Acer became Palm OS licensee in May 2001. The company planned to tap the market for handheld computers in China and Taiwan. They released the first Chinese localized Palm OS handheld. The Acer s10 had a monochrome 160 by 160 screen, 16 MB of RAM, and runs a Chinese version of Palm OS 4.1. It also included memory stick expansion, MP3 playback and has a built-in voice recorder. PalmInfocenter even reviewed the Acer s10 handheld.
Shortly after the release of the s10 the company began work on the S50 and S60 handhelds. The models improved on the S10 design by adding high resolution color screens. Acer originally planned to sell the devices in Europe and Asia, and later revealed they would become available worldwide. The handhelds went on sale in Europe and Asia, but never made it to the US. That was the last Palm OS related development to come out of the company.
In documents recently filed with the SEC, it is learned that PalmSource and Acer have had major falling out. The two companies are now pitted against each other in a breach of contract lawsuit. On Sept 19, 2003 PalmSource filed suit against Acer in the United States District for the Northern District of California.
In the breach of contract suit, PalmSource is seeking approximately $4.5 million in unpaid royalties and maintenance and support fees under the previous licensing agreement between PalmSource and Acer. Acer answered by filing a counterclaim seeking $4.9 million from PalmSource, including amounts Acer paid under the agreement. Acer alleges that PalmSource breached the software licensing agreement by failing to provide development and marketing support. Acer further alleges the same conduct violated the implied covenant of good faith and dealing and PalmSource provided preferential treatment to Acer's competitors.
PalmSource filed its response to Acer's counterclaims on Dec 15th. The case is awaiting further procedings. PalmSource believe it has meritorious defenses to Acer's claims. PIC will have more as it develops.
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