Saturday, 28 April 2012
Facebook?s Patent Acquisitions? They?re More About Google Than Yahoo
Editor?s Note: Leonid (?Lenny?) Kravets is a patent attorney at Panitch, Schwarze, Belisario and Nadel, LLP in Philadelphia, PA. Lenny focuses his practice on patent prosecution and intellectual property transactions in computer-related technology areas. He specializes in developing IP strategy for young technology companies and blogs on this topic at StartupsIP. Follow Lenny on Twitter: @lkravets and @startupsIP. In the past few months, Facebook?s patent portfolio has grown exponentially as�a result of acquisitions of patent portfolios from IBM and Microsoft. After acquiring�650 AOL patents and patent applications from Microsoft, the company now has�approximately 1,400 patent assets. Amazingly, only 46 of these assets (24 issued patents�and 22 published applications) were originally filed by Facebook.