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Patent Arms Race Continues: Eight-Hundred AOL Patents Fetch $1 Billion from Microsoft

As reported by Law 360 , AOL and Microsoft are entering into a billion dollar deal that will provide Microsoft with 800 AOL patents and a nonexclusive license for AOL's remaining 300-plus patents. The agreement, which is expected to close by the end of 2012, continues a patent arms race that...

DLA Piper: Your patent portfolio: how much is it worth and what are you going to do about it?

By Craig P. Opperman In mid-April, the media was full of reports about AOL's US$1.056 billion patent sale to Microsoft. The following week brought news that Microsoft had flipped 650 of those properties to Facebook. Next came news that Intel spent US$70 million buying patents from Aware. These...