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Qualcomm acquires HP patents

Published Sun, Jan 26, 2014 · 10:00 PM
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[SAN FRANCISCO] Qualcomm Inc said that it bought a portfolio of patents from Hewlett-Packard Co, acquiring intellectual property that includes the fundamentals of mobile operating systems.

Qualcomm said in a statement last Thursday that the purchased portfolio consists of about 1,400 granted patents and pending applications in the US, and about 1,000 granted and being applied for in other countries. The San Diego-based company did not disclose the price of the deal.

The world's largest maker of mobile-phone chips, which gets the majority of its profit from technology licensing, said that it will use the patents to "offer even more value to current and future licensees". The chipmaker charges royalties to handset makers and rival semiconductor companies for the use of its code division multiple access, or CDMA, wireless technology, which has become part of most high-speed mobile data systems.

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