Acer Settles Dispute with PalmSource

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A dispute has been settled between PalmSource and Acer that has simmered since the Taiwanese company stopped making Palm OS devices.

According to DigiTimes, the dispute centered around how Acer’s licensee fee was to be calculated. PalmSource said that Acer had agreed to buy a certain number of copies of the Palm OS, and still had to pay for all of them, even if they weren’t used on handhelds.

Acer, which stopped selling Palm OS devices last year because of low sales, said that it should only have to pay for copies of the operating system that it actually used.

The dispute came to an end when PalmSource gave in and agreed that Acer only had to pay licensee fees for the Palm OS copies it had used.

There was no lawsuit involved in this matter.

Concentrating on Pocket PC

Just because Acer has stopped making Palm OS devices, doesn’t mean it has given up handhelds altogether.

It currently makes three different Pocket PC models, and expects to ship roughly 200,000 units in the first half of this year.



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