Microsoft Licenses Former Palm Patents from Access

Last week, Microsoft quietly licensed dozens of smartphone-related patents, many of which were originally developed by Palm in the Palm OS and Treo heyday prior to the PalmOne/PalmSource spin-off in 2003. According to the Wall Street Journal, a total of 74 patents were licensed in total from both Access Co. Ltd and Acacia Research Corp. for an undisclosed sum. While no additional details were revealed, this was likely a strategic move intended to avoid costly future litigation battles in an increasingly competitive smartphone market.

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