08/25/2011, 10:51 PM
In case the Wall Street Journal article from this week is not coming up, here is google's cached copy and some of the key text:
...The patent holding company Acacia Research Corp. has accused an array of smartphone makers, including Apple, of patent infringement.
Several defendants, including Motorola, Nokia Corp. and Research in Motion Ltd. have recently agreed to settle the charges. Now, according to court filings, Apple, LG Electronics Inc. and AT&T Mobility Inc. have asked a federal judge to stay the proceedings while they pursue settlement negotiations.
..."It had great reception in the market; people like it, people think it's great," said Leo Apotheker, H-P's chief executive, during an interview Thursday. "We're looking at alternatives to drive webOS software forward," he added...
But Mr. Ryan [Paul Ryan, Acacia's CEO] said Acacia holds rights to patents covering many Palm software inventions that are "foundational" to the mobile market...
As far as the former Palm patents are concerned, "we basically control the software, and H-P controls the hardware," Mr. Ryan said during an interview Friday.
...Mr. Ryan said his company's reading of contracts associated with the original split of PalmSource from Palm would suggest that H-P would need a license from Acacia to pursue those options...