+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 10 of 10
IT News Thread, Microsoft spends $1bn on AOL patents in Other News; ...
  1. #1

    Dos_Box's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Preston, Lancashire
    Posts
    9,014
    Thank Post
    614
    Thanked 2,194 Times in 1,006 Posts
    Blog Entries
    23
    Rep Power
    632

    Microsoft spends $1bn on AOL patents

    From the BBC here: BBC News - Microsoft buys and licenses AOL patents in $1bn deal

    Microsoft is buying the majority of AOL's patents in a deal worth $1.06bn (£668m).
    A statement said the agreement covers the intellectual property rights to more than 800 innovations.
    Microsoft will also be granted licensing rights to about 300 patents that AOL is keeping.
    It is the latest in a series of such deals as technology firms act to bolster their chances in related lawsuits.
    If a company successfully sues another it can demand a sales ban of its competitor's products, or force the loser to pay expensive licence fees.
    Since the start of the year Intel, Google and Facebook are among those to have bought significant numbers of patent from other tech companies.
    I wonder if Microsoft got the 'AOL-CD-though-the-mail-every-other-day' patent included in this deal?
    Last edited by Dos_Box; 9th April 2012 at 06:45 PM.

  2. #2

    Steve21's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Swindon
    Posts
    2,702
    Thank Post
    335
    Thanked 517 Times in 485 Posts
    Rep Power
    180
    Curious to see what MS is after from them Assuming it's only going to be a few patents, but hiding it from the public views for future products!

    Steve

  3. #3


    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    51.403651, -0.515458
    Posts
    9,070
    Thank Post
    232
    Thanked 2,719 Times in 2,007 Posts
    Rep Power
    797
    Quote Originally Posted by Steve21 View Post
    Curious to see what MS is after from them
    Microsoft now owns all of Netscape's patents.

  4. #4

    SYNACK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    11,190
    Thank Post
    875
    Thanked 2,717 Times in 2,302 Posts
    Blog Entries
    11
    Rep Power
    780
    Thats concerning, I did not think that MS would need the patents for being completely irrelevant :P I can't think of anything else that AOL actually managed.

  5. #5

    mac_shinobi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    9,812
    Thank Post
    3,330
    Thanked 1,056 Times in 977 Posts
    Rep Power
    365
    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    Thats concerning, I did not think that MS would need the patents for being completely irrelevant :P I can't think of anything else that AOL actually managed.
    Internet Explorer to be re-named and converted to Internet n*tscrape

  6. #6


    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Leeds
    Posts
    6,647
    Thank Post
    229
    Thanked 865 Times in 743 Posts
    Rep Power
    297
    dont aol-compuserve own copyright on .gif ?

  7. #7

    localzuk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Location
    Minehead
    Posts
    17,891
    Thank Post
    518
    Thanked 2,493 Times in 1,934 Posts
    Blog Entries
    24
    Rep Power
    839
    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    dont aol-compuserve own copyright on .gif ?
    Compuserve created GIF, yes, however it is basically an open standard now - the only 'patented' bit as far as I know was the use of LZW compression, which was owned by Unisys. However, their patents have all since expired, making GIF a free format.

  8. #8

    mac_shinobi's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Posts
    9,812
    Thank Post
    3,330
    Thanked 1,056 Times in 977 Posts
    Rep Power
    365

  9. #9
    flyinghaggis's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Posts
    1,028
    Thank Post
    104
    Thanked 76 Times in 59 Posts
    Rep Power
    116
    I think AOL own the patent on mass producing CD's to be used as coffee coasters

  10. #10

    SYNACK's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    11,190
    Thank Post
    875
    Thanked 2,717 Times in 2,302 Posts
    Blog Entries
    11
    Rep Power
    780
    Nokia probably has a few horses in that race to with Ovi/Nokia Maps

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. School spends 35k on a photocopier!
    By CSNM-Carl in forum General Chat
    Replies: 37
    Last Post: 17th March 2010, 01:53 PM
  2. Replies: 0
    Last Post: 29th September 2009, 12:08 PM
  3. VLE Budgets, what are you spending it on?
    By chrisjako in forum Virtual Learning Platforms
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 3rd July 2009, 06:51 PM
  4. Microsoft clipart blocked on SWE3
    By dgsmith in forum Internet Related/Filtering/Firewall
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 3rd April 2009, 09:58 PM
  5. What can we spend money on???
    By gibbo_ap in forum General Chat
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 24th February 2009, 12:14 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •