Part of me actually thinks that HP believed they had something novel back then. More than just a patent grab (HP already has a fair stack of patents to throw at anyone themselves.)
Originally Posted by geekpeter
I think they really thought they could make a line of commercial handhelds (not intended for consumers) with specific markets targeted (medical, IT, manufacturing, etc.) and use webos as the backbone to run these gadgets.
I wouldn't be surprised if HP decided to drop the webos initiative after they went out to a number of their important commercial customers to get their feedback and received something along the lines of, “Hmmm… that looks nice, but what could you offer us that runs on iOS or Android.”