) declared that it has acquired a portfolio of patents from
) for an undisclosed amount.
The portfolio comprises 1,400 granted and pending patent
applications from the U.S. and about 1,000 granted and pending
patent applications from other countries including China,
England, Germany, Japan and South Korea.
A majority of these patents are those gained by
Hewlett-Packard thorough its acquisitions of Palm in 2010 and
Bitfone in 2006. The patent portfolio covers a wide range of
technologies that include fundamental mobile operating system
Acquisition of this patent portfolio will enable the largest
CDMA based mobile chipset maker in the world to more aggressively
expand into the global mobility market.
Qualcomm stated that this acquisition will add more value to
its current and future licensees. The majority of the company's
profits come from licensing patents for its industry leading CDMA
mobile technology and other technology related to mobile
Qualcomm currently has more than 250 royalty bearing licensees
worldwide. Additionally, the company has over 90 single-mode
Earlier, the acquisition of Atheros Communications transformed
Qualcomm into an integrated chipset developer for the mobile
computing market. Besides mobile computing, Qualcomm can now
diversify into the consumer electronics segment, particularly in
the home networking market.
Atheros manufactures Wi-Fi chips for televisions, video games,
printers, and other home devices. Qualcomm has already started
working on the reference design for set-top boxes and other home
Other Stocks to Consider
Qualcomm currently has a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell). However, other
better-ranked stocks in the mobile chipset industry include
Comtech Telecommunications Corp.
). Both these stocks currently carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
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