announced today, will hand over more than 800 AOL patents
to Microsoft and licences to an additional 300.
The 800 patents have not been disclosed, though the remaining
300 relate to advertising, search, content generation, social
networking, mapping and multimedia/streaming technologies,
according to AOL.
IP analysist are especially interested by those 300
patents. Art Monk, vice president of UBM TechInsights,
commented: "Sounds very Google-like, doesn't it?"
In a statement on the deal, Brad
Smith, Microsoft's general counsel and executive vice
president, legal and corporate affairs, said the company has
been following the portfolio for years and analysing it in
detail for several months. "AOL ran a competitive auction and
by participating, Microsoft was...