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Can HP offer Palm Patent Portfolio as protection?
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Old 09/29/2012, 02:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi All

Maybe I'm just smoking something, but I wonder if it occurred to HP to offer prospective WebOS adoptees (manufacturers, not our dwindling community!) the protection offered by Palm's prodigious portfolio of registered patents.

I'm not a lawyer, and I don't know if this is even possible, but could HP form a joint Venture with some Cell phone manufacturers, and then cede the patent ownership to the JV...

So, I suppose a question to the legal-types out there: Could/would a JV, granted ownership of the patents, provide any prospective OpenWebOS adoptees any real leverage or protection?

Prior to the open-sourcing of WebOS, it would've been an esier bundle to sell (wonder if Samsung is regretting that now!).

Short of a major cell phone manufacturer taking on WebOS, I'm losing hope of seeing our beloved OS on anything except &^%^&*! printers!

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Old 10/09/2012, 02:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This has come up before - the short version (from what people like Milo could piece together) is that palm sold off the patents years in exchange for a licence to be able to use them (and a bag of cash) - HP can the license but it is unclear if they could assign rights to anyone else.
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Old 10/09/2012, 04:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks, CG.

I had no idea Palm had sold them off... was that at the same time as the old PalmOS / Access thing?
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Old 10/09/2012, 04:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks, CG.

I had no idea Palm had sold them off... was that at the same time as the old PalmOS / Access thing?
Yeah - I can't remember the details off the top of my head but I they were sold on again to a patent company - anyone remember the name?
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