HP sold off most of webOS to LG last year, but it was still sitting on a lot of the patents it got when buying the company back in 2010. Qualcomm has announced today that it was happy to take those patents off HP's hands, along with some other choice bits of IP.


In addition to the Palm patents, Qualcomm is getting IP covering HP's now defunct IPAQ devices and Bitfone mobile software (from an acquisition back in 2006). The final count is 1,400 granted and pending US patents, with another 1,000 for other countries.

Qualcomm is a chip company and doesn't make consumer handheld devices on its own anymore, but many of the patents it now holds cover such products. This is possibly a hedge against future litigation, but maybe Qualcomm wants to keep its options open or license patents to other companies. It did mention in the PR that the deal allows it to provide more value to future licensees, but that could mean plenty of things. Qualcomm and HP have agreed to keep the dollar figure a secret, but it was probably a lot. Yay for vague business dealings!


Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Aleksey_US

    Google should have jumped on those patents... as it should with soon to be available BB patent portfolio.

    • Stiggy

      Okay im not a patent professional by any means, but what could really be salvaged from BB? Gestures? Some sort of security features? The damn keyboard? I genuinely wonder.

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  • Paul

    Since Qualcomm and Android are very much in bed together, yes I know Qualcomm supports other OS's but they wouldn't be where they are today if it weren't for Android, they should lease those patents to Samsung/LG/Sony/Asus/Motorola/etc. so that Apple leave them alone. It would be fun to go on the offensive with those patents though.

  • Jon

    Guys...In case you didn't get it yet. When a company talks about providing you with more value, it actually means charging you more.

  • Adam

    I'm suddenly nostalgic for my old iPaq 4150. It was so bloody cool when I got it. :P

  • Matthew Fry

    Ah more patent news. I'm sure it's a good deal on both sides but I wonder if we're the ones going to get the shaft. I'm sure there are some pretty good ones in there but I also can't imagine they are good for anything other than litigation.