One of the areas which has received next to no coverage from the business media is the value of Yahoo!’s patents.
You remember patents, right? Believe it or not, patents actually have some value beyond the mobile internet. It’s not just Motorola Mobility that can use patents to get companies like Google over a barrel and force them to pay a pretty penny for them: $12 billion in that case. The internet space has patents and they could be the next big land grab area that few have bothered to pay attention to.
And it turns out that Yahoo! has quite a few of these patents and they’re very valuable. How much are they worth?
YHOO has 3,300 patents while FB has only 160. With that limited patents FB has, they cannot sustain robust growth without owning YHOO huge arsenal of internet patents. MSFT will help FB to takeover YHOO. Both MSFT and FB the takover is in their best interest.