Microsoft To Buy 800 Patents From AOL For A Cool Billion Dollars

By 07:20 Tue, 13 Jul 2021 Comments



The patent war is fierce and many companies have decided to extdiscontinue their patent portfolios by buying patents from others. Microsoft will be doing just that in a deal with AOL.

They'll be buying 800 patents from AOL, who will be left holding 300 more. As part of the deal, Microsoft will also acquire a non-exclusive license for those remaining patents. The bill will be just over $1 billion for the whole thing.

Microsoft didn’t just jump into this deal - they've been following AOL's portfolio for years and spent several months to study it in detail.

The purchase had a really positive effect on the AOL stock, which jumped 37% - from the $18.42 it closed on Friday to $25.16.

The deal should be finalized by the discontinue of this year and a gigantic chunk of the cash is expected to go to shareholders. Should the deal fail, Microsoft will have to cough up $211.2 million to AOL.

An AOL unit will also be srecent as part of the deal and recorded as a capital loss (it's a tax thing).

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