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Microsoft Bags 800 AOL Patents for $1.1B

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bolaji.ojo
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Re: Microsoft and AOL patents
bolaji.ojo   4/10/2012 9:02:01 PM
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Correct. With $51.7 billion in cash and short-term investments as at the end of the fourth quarter, Microsoft has money to burn and the $1.1 billion buys it leverage in the current patent war.

Barbara Jorgensen
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Microsoft and AOL patents
Barbara Jorgensen   4/10/2012 5:37:32 PM
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Maybe the $1.1b is cheaper than getting sued?

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t.alex   4/10/2012 5:37:30 PM
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This is so true. These 800-patent acquisitions at 1.1B seem to be still cheap as compared to the latest acquisition of Instagram by Facebook at 1B ;)

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Clairvoyant   4/10/2012 2:08:44 PM
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I agree, Jay. I would love to know what the patents are actually for!

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Jay_Bond   4/10/2012 12:57:18 PM
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Is it just me or does it seem like some of these companies are playing with monopoly money? I mean in the last few years we've had Apple, Google and Microsoft spend billions on patents and technology. It seems like some of these acquisitions are purely to keep them out of their competitors hands.

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bolaji.ojo   4/10/2012 8:03:46 AM
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Jacob, Only Microsoft would know eventually whether this was a good deal or not. The company obviously believes this is worth the $1.1 billion it is paying. The only way we would know is by poring over the details of the patent but that hasn't been revealed. The other thing to consider is that Microsoft may have purchased the patents to keep them out of a rival's hands.

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Jacob   4/10/2012 6:37:10 AM
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Bolaji, is it a right move from Microsoft? They have the capability to create more IPs and patents. Instead of that they are doing all the shortcut ways to make patents in their accounts. I think this is not in a justifiable way and such IP/patent trades have to be discouraged. Transfer of technology is acceptable.

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t.alex   4/9/2012 6:17:48 PM
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The first question that pops up is what are these patents? And How relevant are they in the strategy of Microsoft?

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Barbara Jorgensen   4/9/2012 6:08:36 PM
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My first dial-up Internet connection was AOL, but after being an early adopter, AOL quickly became obsolete. Still, that number of patents and that kind of premium means they still have a lot of worthwhile technology to contribute.



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