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Microsoft Licences 74 Palm Patents

Microsoft has reportedly entered a deal with Acacia Research Corp to license patents related to Palm's operating system.

Tech news site Electronista has revealed that the Redmond, Washington-based software maker has licensed at least 74 different patents associated with Palm's smartphone OS from Acacia Research and Access.

The news, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, states that some of the 74 patents are involved in alleged copyright infringement cases filed by Acacia against numerous smartphone makers, including Motorola, Samsung Electronics, Apple and Research In Motion.

"By focusing on efficiently licensing patented innovations from other companies, we're free to develop great software and we're able to provide our partners and customers [intellectual property] peace-of-mind," said Microsoft’s general manager of intellectual property and licensing, David Kaefer.

Acacia Research Corp, and its subsidiary Access, is a Japanese company that acquired the Palm OS after it took over Palm Source.