Tech Facebook Buying 550 Million in Patents From AOL

Published on April 23rd, 2012 | by James Johnson


Facebook Buying $550 Million In Patents From AOL

Facebook Buying 550 Million in Patents From AOL

AOL is on a patent selling tear, earlier this month the company sold 925 patents to Microsoft for nearly $1 billion and now the company is preparing to sell social network Facebook 650 patents for a cost of $550 million.

As part of the deal Facebook will not only gain new AOL patents but also receive licensed access to Microsoft’s portion of the portfolio.

According to Facebook’s official announcement Microsoft receives 275 AOL patents, plus licenses to Facebook’s AOL patents and 300 more patents that AOL didn’t sell.

A rep for Microsoft said of the agreement:

“Today’s agreement with Facebook enables us to recoup over half of our costs while achieving our goals from the AOL auction.”

A Facebook rep added that the purchase is:

“Another significant step in our ongoing process of building an intellectual property portfolio to protect Facebook’s interests over the long term.”

The move once again shows the importance of stockpiling patents in a tech space that has recently become a giant intellectual property lawsuit in which tech firms sue one another repeatedly to gain control of additional revenue and block competition in some extreme cases.

Do you think the U.S. patent system is in need of an overhaul to avoid an all out patent war in which even the most basic of ideas are patented on a first come first served basis?



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