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HP seeking buyers for mobile patents: report

A Hewlett-Packard logo is seen at the company's Executive Briefing Center in Palo Alto, California January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/Files

REUTERS - Hewlett-Packard Co (NYS:HPQ) is seeking buyers for some of its mobile-computing patents, Bloomberg reported, citing people with direct knowledge of the matter.

The company has approached potential buyers about the portfolio of patents, which include those related to webOS - the smartphone and tablet-computer operating system that HP acquired through its 2010 buy of Palm Inc, people told the agency. (http://link.reuters.com/zec24v)

HP sold the webOS operating system to South Korea's LG Electronics Inc <066570.KS> earlier this year, but retained the patents and all the technology relating to the cloud service of webOS.

"We don't comment on rumor and speculation," Michael Thacker, a spokesperson for Hewlett-Packard told Bloomberg.

HP could not immediately be reached for comment by Reuters outside of regular U.S. business hours.

(Reporting by Varun Aggarwal in Bangalore; Editing by Supriya Kurane)