Apple Obtained 200 Patents from Freescale Semiconductor, Beefing Up its Patent Portfolio

Apple has apparently obtained the rights to about 200 patents formerly held by Freescale Semiconductor. Freescale was originally part of Motorola, although was spun off from the company in 2003.The patents cover a range of technologies, from Wi-Fi to cellular data and data encoding, some filed as late as 2010.It's not clear how Apple may […]

Apple has apparently obtained the rights to about 200 patents formerly held by Freescale Semiconductor. Freescale was originally part of Motorola, although was spun off from the company in 2003.

The patents cover a range of technologies, from Wi-Fi to cellular data and data encoding, some filed as late as 2010.

It's not clear how Apple may have obtained the patents, although patent law blog PatentlyO -- which first reported the news earlier this week -- believed, "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."

Considering Apple's recent moves in the intellectual property realm the purchase makes sense. It has found itself the target of patent infringement claims by Finnish phone maker Nokia -- which it has countersued -- and has also taken action against Samsung over what it says is blatant copying of its iPhone and iPad devices.

It may also signal an effort by the Cupertino company to bolster its position in wireless, a relatively new business for the company. As the war over intellectual property heats up, its definitely in Apple's best interest to have a stronger position in the sector.

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Assigned pending Patent Applications include Publication Nos: 20110096707; 20110019631; 20110009148; 20100322226; 20100202553; 20100115358; 20100110901; 20100113105; 20100091826; 20100061468; 20100061278; 20100042881; 20090304109; 20090245148; 20090245223; 20090238121; 20090232097; 20090201861; 20090190688; 20090181691; 20090181690; 20090116599; 20090051441; 20090034636; 20090034480; 20080318579; 20080267057; 20080268785; 20080268888; 20080232308; 20080233964; 20080233992; 20080232234; 20080229177; 20080227495; 20080165875; 20080165717; 20080101494; 20080080439; 20080080632; 20080080449; 20080076370; 20080075058; 20080043883; 20080025197; 20080009250; 20070293180; 20070280379; 20070274477; 20070201586; 20070109055; 20060239377; 20060223462; 20060170499; 20060035611; 20050111529; 20050079850; 20050042996; 20040041644; 20040041616; 20040019620; and 20030035498.

[Via: PatentlyO]