Facebook to Buy AOL Patents from Microsoft

Microsoft AOLNEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft, which just bought patents from AOL for $1 billion, is now turning around and selling most of them to Facebook for $550 million.

Microsoft (MSFT) and Facebook said Monday that Facebook is buying about 650 of the 925 AOL (AOL) patents and patent applications Microsoft bought.

Facebook will also get a license to use the rest of the AOL patents. Similarly, Microsoft will get a license to use the patents Facebook is buying. This part of the arrangement amounts to an agreement between Facebook and Microsoft not to sue each other over any of the AOL patents.

Microsoft says the deal enables it to recoup half the cost of the AOL deal while reaching its goals for the purchase.

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April 24 2012 at 2:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

OMG! What a genious move on the part of MIcrosoft. They get money back on the investment as well as the ability to still use the patents. They get their foot in the door of Facebook in the form of a "casual" relationship which will most certainly grow, and they keep Google away from the Patents. And I would imagine MS and Facebook will work together to screw over Google.


April 23 2012 at 7:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Phil's comment

There is no surprise there. Remember when Google was rumored to have offered to buy Facebook for $2 billion which Facebook rebuffed and Microsoft follwed that up with a $250 million investment in Facebook for 5% stake?

There is a relationship already existing between the two tech companies.

April 23 2012 at 10:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
In My Opinion Only

Both companies are nuts, they are not aware of the upcoming "Internet Blackout."

April 23 2012 at 6:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to In My Opinion Only's comment

The blackout engineered by Barack Obama.

April 24 2012 at 1:00 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I joined FB to stay in touch with people, simple. Now FB is almost getting into the corporate politics of the everything that FB should not stand for, there are sooo many changes FB is making, buying this and that....what a MONOPOLY!!! It is very scary, I am at a point to disconnect and delete my account for the sake of protecting whatever privacy that is left...is it safe anymore.

April 23 2012 at 4:47 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to FOXMAX46's comment

very true

April 23 2012 at 7:21 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

I am afraid. Very afraid. I have studiously avoided joining Facebook, accepting invitations from friends and acquaintances to join Facebook, being bullied by my local newspaper to join Facebook or be cut off from commenting on articles or editorials (I cancelled my subscription). Whatever happened to restraint of trade and anti-monopoly regulations? The very thought of being sucked into Big Brother Facebook terrifies me more than cameras on every street corner.

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