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.