Under the terms of the agreement PalmSource will receive minimum royalty payments of $148.5 million, which includes $65 million for calendar years 2007 to 2009 subject to meeting certain development milestones.
The companies also announced today that PalmSource has sold its interest in the holding company that owns the trademarks of the Palm brand, in exchange for $30 million to be paid by palmOne over three and a half years. Over the next four years, PalmSource will retain rights to use the PalmSource name and certain related Palm trademarks for itself and its licensees. PalmSource will also adopt a new brand identity during this period.
With the new license agreement in place, PalmSource and palmOne can continue to collaborate and bring innovative Palm PoweredT products to market. Over the years palmOne has developed a full line of successful Palm Powered smartphones and mobile devices, including the TreoT smartphone, TungstenT and ZireT families of handheld computers and the LifeDrive mobile manager. Palm Powered phones are supported by more than 40 of the world’s top wireless carriers, making Palm OS a leading platform for the development and deployment of phones and wireless devices.
“Extending our license of Palm OS is an essential component of our success and ensures we can continue to build great Palm OS based products for years to come,” said Ed Colligan, palmOne president and chief executive officer. “The openness and ease-of-integration of the Palm OS allows palmOne to benefit from the advantages of a powerful platform.”
“We greatly value our relationship with palmOne and its exceptional Palm OS based smartphones and mobile computing products,” said Patrick McVeigh, interim chief executive officer of PalmSource.” We look forward to working with palmOne on future mobile products that provide customers with state-of-the-art capabilities.”
palmOne, Inc. — a leader in mobile computing — strives to put the power of computing in people’s hands so they can access and share their most important information. The company’s products include TreoT smartphones, the LifeDriveT mobile manager, TungstenT and ZireT handhelds, and software and accessories.
PalmSource, Inc., the company behind Palm OSR, a leading operating system powering smart mobile devices, is a leading developer of software for mobile phones and other mobile devices. Its products include a wide range of software for mobile phones at all price points. More than 39 million mobile phones, handhelds, and other mobile devices run PalmSource software. More than 45 companies worldwide have licenses to PalmSource software, including Fossil, Garmin, GSPDA, Kyocera, Lenovo, palmOne, Samsung, Sony, and Symbol Technologies. Palm OS has given rise to a large community of users, enterprises, developers and manufacturers, who together make up the Palm Powered Economy.