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HP webOS has smartphone patents... Why don't they sue apple and google?
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Old 12/11/2011, 12:10 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So apparently HP(alm) has the patents for the joining of the PDA and a phone. So my question is, why doesn't HP sue the balls off of every other smart phone company (Apple, Google, Microsoft) since they all are technically infringing on that patent? Wouldn't this bring potentially billions of dollars into the pockets of HP and potential investors?

Or am I just uniformed on what exactly that patent means?

Patent US7555727 - Integrated handheld computing and ... - Google Patents
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Old 12/11/2011, 12:18 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Could be because they already acquired licenses for any patents that may be in question. Companies do that all the time, otherwise they'd constantly be suing each other.
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Old 12/11/2011, 12:42 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Could be because they already acquired licenses for any patents that may be in question. Companies do that all the time, otherwise they'd constantly be suing each other.
it just seems like, even with those licenses, that HP should be making a bucket load of money from that patent and the entire industry that revolves around it.
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Old 12/11/2011, 12:51 AM   #4 (permalink)
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it just seems like, even with those licenses, that HP should be making a bucket load of money from that patent and the entire industry that revolves around it.
But isn't the general idea to make money selling good products rather than ramping up the patents war-chest and firing salvos of 'patentese' into enemy camps?

Apple look like learning that it may not be as easy as they had hoped, to stop Samsung in their copying tracks.. for example.

Besides which, HP is perhaps equally as likely to have technically infringed the patents of others, in their own efforts?

I sometimes secretly wonder if this may have been contributory to the dropping of the TP like a ton of bricks, so very suddenly!

Messy game in IMO!

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Old 12/11/2011, 01:13 AM   #5 (permalink)
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As they have alluded to, even HP/Palm is currently licensing patents from other companies for use in web OS. IOW, web OS would not be what it is w/o the use of other's (Apple? Google? M$?) IP. So that makes things sort of moot.

Holding such a valuable patent does not automatically translate into $$$$$$. Unless they pull a Microsoft and demand $15 per, it would probably mean a few cents on each device - if they are in fact collecting anything. If they aren't, then pursuing it in court at this stage can potentially backfire. In such a situation all hell could break loose and embolden Apple and others to go after HP and web OS users in the future (similar to Android now).

I think right now the idea of mutually assured destruction is the best way to play it. That 'window of opportunity' to shoot passed a long time ago while Palm, Inc. was keeping watch (or should have been).
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