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Apple Pays at Least $10 Million to License Palm-Related Patents From ACCESS

As noted by Mac Otakara, Japanese firm ACCESS today announced [Google translation] that Apple has agreed to license a set of patents related to Palm's smartphone technology. ACCESS acquired the patents when it purchased PalmSource in 2005.

ACCESS notes that the portfolio of patents, which was licensed to Samsung in 2011, includes intellectual property from Palm, PalmSource, Bell Communications Research, and Geoworks.

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The press release from ACCESS indicates that it will record roughly 1 billion yen ($10 million) in revenue for the quarter as part of the deal, which closed on March 31. ACCESS will evaluate the impact of the deal on the following quarter and full fiscal year and will revise its earnings forecast appropriately.

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Posted: 18 months ago

doesn't specifically said what kind of patent apple is buying, which makes me curious.

but 10 million dollar for the patent must be an important one.


There's a portfolio of patents.
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 18 months ago
Remember when this was awesome?



I kind of miss palm. I still have my Tungsten E.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 18 months ago
Palm developed the first popular handheld tablets and smartphones that sold millions of devices, years before the iPhone (but after the Newton). Thus Palm patented tons of stuff in that area.

Lots of mobile app developers started out doing apps for PalmOS. PilotGear/PalmGear was the big app Store.
Rating: 3 Votes
Posted: 18 months ago
doesn't specifically said what kind of patent apple is buying, which makes me curious.

but 10 million dollar for the patent must be an important one.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 18 months ago

doesn't specifically said what kind of patent apple is buying, which makes me curious.

but 10 million dollar for the patent must be an important one.


They are not even buying they are licensing for that amount.
Rating: 2 Votes
Posted: 18 months ago

They are not even buying they are licensing for that amount.


Better $10m now than $100m later.
Rating: 1 Votes
Posted: 18 months ago
Apple should just buy them, then revoke the licenses from Samsung.
Rating: 1 Votes

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