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    As my colleague Ashlee Vance and I reported on Wednesday, Palm may not have been able to stay afloat in the smartphone industry as a standalone company. But the company has a strong trump card to keep it from going under entirely.

    As one of the early pioneers in the smartphone industry, Palm has a treasure trove of patents, industry experts and analysts say.

    “The real value of Palm is that their intellectual property protects areas that are very high growth right now,” said Pete Conley, a managing partner at MDB Capital, a research firm that analyzes the value of intellectual property.

    Mr. Conley said his firm valued Palm’s portfolio of patents at approximately $1.4 billion. In particular, he said, Palm has patents around one of the most-desirable areas for mobile operating systems — multitasking.

    Palm has a multitasking patent issued in December 2003 that has been cited by other companies 48 times in the last seven years,” he said. “That’s roughly 10 times the average of any patent and is indicative of its high value.”

    It could also indicate that other companies may be interested in owning that catalog of patents, Mr. Conley said. Like Microsoft, for example.

    “On that multitasking patent alone, Microsoft has filed 38 of those 48 citations,” he said. “There are other companies that build their intellectual property on Palm, but most notably Microsoft, whose recent smartphone debut inherited a lot from Palm.”

    In addition, Palm has patents on cloud computing and visual search that could help create newer versions of search on mobile phones. “When you think about conducting search by recognizing visual images, Palm’s idea could be very valuable there,” he said.

    Will Other Bidders Emerge for Palm? - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

    The headlines of the NYT IMO is not the correct for these news, so I made one, as you can see.
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    Thank you for that post. Someone posted here that it was ridiculous to think that multi-tasking could be patented.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cglaguna View Post
    Thank you for that post. Someone posted here that it was ridiculous to think that multi-tasking could be patented.

    Then he was wrong It is a complete programming process, that can be patented as Palm did.

    So for understanding it I read this part on wikipedia:

    In computing, multitasking is a method by which multiple tasks, also known as processes, share common processing resources such as a CPU. In the case of a computer with a single CPU, only one task is said to be running at any point in time, meaning that the CPU is actively executing instructions for that task.

    Multitasking solves the problem by scheduling which task may be the one running at any given time, and when another waiting task gets a turn. The act of reassigning a CPU from one task to another one is called a context switch.

    When context switches occur frequently enough the illusion of parallelism is achieved. Even on computers with more than one CPU (called multiprocessor machines), multitasking allows many more tasks to be run than there are CPUs.

    Operating systems may adopt one of many different scheduling strategies, which generally fall into the following categories:

    In multiprogramming systems, the running task keeps running until it performs an operation that requires waiting for an external event (e.g. reading from a tape) or until the computer's scheduler forcibly swaps the running task out of the CPU.

    Multiprogramming systems are designed to maximize CPU usage.
    In time-sharing systems, the running task is required to relinquish the CPU, either voluntarily or by an external event such as a hardware interrupt. Time sharing systems are designed to allow several programs to execute apparently simultaneously. The expression 'time sharing' was usually used to designate computers shared by interactive users at terminals, such as IBM's TSO, and VM/CMS

    In real-time systems, some waiting tasks are guaranteed to be given the CPU when an external event occurs. Real time systems are designed to control mechanical devices such as industrial robots, which require timely processing.

    The term time-sharing is no longer commonly used, having been replaced by simply multitasking, and by the advent of personal computers and workstations rather than shared interactive systems.
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    If Microsoft paid Palm to use multitasking, why isn't Apple since their phone will basically do the same thing?
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    well, we don´t know that for sure, who knows if they did ??? But you know them more than me I am in South America.
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    Apple's not multitasking, it's static app switching with some services that could run in the background, but not everything
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    Agree not as Palm webos, no one.
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    Palm's pattent doesn't and can't cover multitasking in general. Rather it covers a particular process for implementing multitasking. If a company uses a different process, they have no need to discuss licensing with Palm.
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    I've thought all along that the 1.2B price for Palm was a little low based on their IP, and this demonstrates a lot of that. But HP's acquisition of Palm wasn't just about price. It was about synergy, about the ability to execute Palm's vision, and about the future of WebOS.

    But lets face it HP having that portfolio of patents gives them a very powerful hammer if they choose to use it.

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