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Covington Advises Microsoft In Patent Agreement With Facebook

SAN FRANCISCO April 23, 2012 $550 million

$1.056 billion

As a result of today’s agreement, Facebook will obtain ownership of approximately 650 AOL patents and patent applications, plus a license to the AOL patents and applications that Microsoft will purchase and own.

After closing the transaction, Microsoft will retain ownership of approximately 300 AOL patents and applications; a license to the approximately 650 AOL patents and applications that will now be owned by Facebook; and a license to approximately 300 patents that AOL did not sell in its auction.

Brad Smith

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The transaction is also subject to customary closing conditions, including clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended. 

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SOURCE Covington & Burling

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