The next place it’s turning for patents?
Erin-Michael Gill, the chief intellectual property officer for MDB Capital, tells Paul Sloan at CNET that he thinks Facebook will buy patents from Sony.
Facebook is loading up with patents to protect itself from Yahoo.
Gill did an analysis of Yahoo’s patent portfolio and found that 10% of Yahoo’s patents reference Sony patents. Sony is one of the world’s biggest patent owners.
Sony is currently a mess. It projected a $6.4 billion loss for the last fiscal year. If Facebook were to show up with its checkbook ready to make a deal, it’s hard to imagine Sony turning away free money.