Facebook Acquires 750 IBM Patents

March 23rd, 2012 at 1:10 pm

In the continuing saga of Tech Patent Wars, Reuters reports that Facebook had just acquired 750 patents from IBM. The list of intellectual property covers a vast spectrum of technology, curiously including semiconductor and search patents.

So is Facebook about to battle Google on the search engine front and make hardware as well? Not likely, according to Engadget. The added patents could provide more ammo for Facebook as it prepares for a countersuit against Yahoo patents when it comes to its News Feed, user profiles, and advertising methods. That, or the patents are merely acquired to bolster its portfolio for investors.

Source: Reuters, via Engadget


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