Facebook made an offer to acquire the 800 patents that Microsoft bought from AOL last week.
Sources said that the social network made a bid for the portfolio but that it was dismissed for being too low, according to Bloomberg.
However it has been suggested that Microsoft intends to sell most of the patents that it does not consider to be essential and that Facebook is still interested in acquiring these if the former is willing to discuss a deal.
The move would strengthen Facebook’s patent portfolio, bolstered by the acquisition of 750 IBM patents that cover various software and networking technologies in March. The social network is currently engaged in a patent lawsuit relating to privacy, messaging and advertising with troubled Internet giant Yahoo.
Mitel, a provider of businesses communications and collaboration software, has also accused Facebook of violating its patents and has launched legal action. The Canadian company claims that the social network infringed on patents for “automatic web page creation” and “pro active features for telephony”.
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