Apple purchases over 200 patents from Freescale Semiconductor

“Apple Inc. recently recorded the receipt of 200 patents and pending patent applications from the electronics company Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.,” Dennis Crouch reports for Patently-O.

“Although not recorded until May 18, 2011, the assignment is dated April 11, 2011,” Crouch reports. “Freescale began as a division of Motorola in 1949 and spun-off in 2003. Some of the patents transferred originally belonged to Motorola.”

Crouch reports, “It is unclear from the information now available whether (1) Apple obtained full title to the patents and (2) whether Apple purchased the rights or obtained them through some other type of transaction. However, a cash purchase is likely because Apple has a large multi-billion-dollar cash surplus while Freescale has a large multi-billion-dollar debt that has come due.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Attribution: AppleInsider. Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Lynn W.” and “Dow C.” for the heads up.]

17 Comments

      1. You mean Article 1, Section 8 ?

        “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;”

        I do not believe that the current nightmare patent system we have in place was what they had in mind when this was written.

        There needs to be some means for an inventor to protect his inventions, however this mess we have created needs to be cleaned up and re-designed!

  1. Screwy only if you are not the one who labored to come up with a new technique to solve a problem that works & then paid to suffer through the typical 3 years to get the paent isdsued, assuming you get throuygh the process (<50% do).

    Innovation arguably created the vast 20th century growth whjich put the U.S. on the top of the industrialized countries.

    It is due to the foresight of the founders to include patent protection as a basis in law which allowed this to work.

    When there is no incentive to innovate, hey, just kick back. You sweat bullets for a year or two to innovate and then your competitor just copies, so why do it?

  2. or maybe Apple was interested in them because they acquired P.A. Semi another PowerPC company. I’m sure they would help with the A6 etc, maybe even the rumoured ARM based Macs.

    Or maybe Apple is trying to acquire them to build up a patent warchest in semiconductor industry to protect their A4, A5 etc processors.

    1. Baz, you have a good point there.
      Perhaps too that Apple is interested in using those patents as a starting point to build on something we can’t even guess as of yet, but after the fact would make perfect sense and would no doubt wow us.

  3. BoC perhaps you have forgotten that it was to a great extent the patents of great Scottish inventors (in particular) that have put you on top of the industrialised countries oh and thereafter seriously topped up by the transfer of technology as part of lend lease so that the US got all the free use of jet engine, antibiotics, computer, radar and magnetron, yes even nuclear technology for its own explotation. Done well with them mind. Might explain that the 3 paintings on Einstein’s office wall of great inventors and scientists he most admired were all British.

  4. I don’t know if Apple bid on them, but they missed out on a cache of more than 100 patents from failed Israeli mobile phone operator Modu. Google snapped them up for NIS 17 million – a piddling $5 million.

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