Qualcomm buys HP/Palm patents portfolio. Will Qualcomm enter the mobile market.?

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LG bought the rights to webOS from HP in February of last year, it didn't acquire patents in the deal. HP clarified then that the associated Palm and WebOS patents will be licensed to LG. So Qualcomm is now the owner of those patents, although on the Press Release below don`t mention Palm OS or Palm webOS ,just say Qualcomm Incorporated has acquired a patent portfolio from Hewlett-Packard Company, Hewlett-Packard Development Co LP and Palm Inc, and that the portfolio, comprising approximately 1,400 granted patents and pending patent applications from the US and approximately 1,000 granted patents and pending patent applications from other countries, covers technologies that include fundamental mobile operating system techniques.

The question is will Qualcomm enter the smarphones and tablet market as  

China Spreadtrum chipsets manufacturer just did



Remember Jon Rubistein is in the Qualcomm board of directors. Are they thinking in a re-launch of webOS entering the smartphones,tablets and now phatablets market?



Is Jon mad about HP did wasting good time and wants to make things right this time?

Qualcomm is the worlds number one on mobile chipsets manufacturing. Maybe they will create a new company to built mobile devices.

Part of an answer to those above questions was posted on PCWorld that we quote:

The patent portfolio will let Qualcomm “offer even more value to current and future licensees,” the company said. In addition to being a dominant vendor of mobile chips, Qualcomm developed many of the technologies used in mobile devices and networks and makes much of its revenue from licensing that intellectual property. PCWorld

Update: "This does not change our strategy with respect to mobile, and we will retain a license to these patents," an HP spokesman tells The Verge. Qualcomm will be indeed be taking possession of webOS patents as part of the deal. 

"I think Qualcomm may be buying patents so it can offer protection to its ODMs rather than to make own devices" says Mary Branscombe @marypcbuk omnivorous UK technology journalist; the girl with the USB earring; co-author of Windows 8 for IT decision makers, she said.sandmUK
  ·  marybranscombe.com



Press Release:




Qualcomm Acquires Palm, IPAQ and Bitfone Patent Portfolio from HP

Acquisition Further Enhances Strength and Diversity of Qualcomm Incorporated’s Patented Mobile Technologies

 – January 23, 2014 – Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) and HP today announced that Qualcomm Incorporated has acquired a patent portfolio from Hewlett-Packard Company, Hewlett-Packard Development Co LP and Palm Inc. The portfolio, comprising approximately 1,400 granted patents and pending patent applications from the US and approximately 1,000 granted patents and pending patent applications from other countries, covers technologies that include fundamental mobile operating system techniques. The acquisition further enhances the strength and diversity of Qualcomm Incorporated’s industry-leading mobile patent portfolio and will enable the company to offer even more value to current and future licensees. The purchase price was not publicly disclosed.
About HP

HP creates new possibilities for technology to have a meaningful impact on people, businesses, governments and society. With the broadest technology portfolio spanning printing, personal systems, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP delivers solutions for customers’ most complex challenges in every region of the world. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.

About Qualcomm Incorporated

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) is a world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless communications technologies. Qualcomm’s licensing business is operated by Qualcomm Technology Licensing, or QTL, a division of Qualcomm Incorporated, which owns the vast majority of Qualcomm’s patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of Qualcomm’s engineering, research and development functions, and substantially all of its products and services businesses, including its semiconductor business, QCT. For more than 25 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of mobile devices and digital communications equipment, linking people everywhere more closely to information, entertainment and each other. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.





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