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Facebook is Selectively Acquiring Patents

Facebook made headlines in 2012, not only for its widely anticipated IPO, but also for its large scale patent acquisitions from IBM and Microsoft. Prior to its IPO, Facebook purchased 750 patents from IBM, and another 650 patents (originally owned by AOL) from Microsoft. Envision IP analyzed Facebook’s current US patent portfolio to identify recent […]

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Facebook Acquisition of WhatsApp Lacks a Patent Portfolio

Yesterday, Facebook announced that it will pay $4 billion in cash and $12 billion in stock for WhatsApp, plus an additional $3 billion in restricted stock units. As reported by USA Today, the deal ranks as the “fourth-largest technology acquisition of the past decade.” Over the last two years, Facebook has amassed a large patent […]