A few weeks ago, Microsoft paid $1.05 billion (USD) for approximately 925 of AOLs patents (and patent applications), acquired a license to the 300 AOL did not sell, and got some stock of an unnamed AOL subsidiary out of it.  AOL gets to keep a license to the sold patents, as well.

Microsoft has now turned around and sold approximately 650 of those patents to Facebook, retaining license rights, for $550 million (USD).  They have also included licenses to the other 275 that Microsoft is retaining.

The biggest question is What The Heck Is In These Patents???


Source: Microsoft News


  1. Well people were comparing this to Draw Something. Now MS paid 1/2 of that for these patents. Whatever the hell they are, they just got a lot cheaper:)

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