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AOL Looking to Monetize Its Patents

Starboard Value LP claims the patent portfolio might yield upwards of $1 billion in licensing income

AOL has hired Evercore Partners to drum up a buyer for its 800-odd patents as well as drum up some strategic options for the place, according to Bloomberg. AOL shareholder Starboard Value LP claims the patent portfolio might yield upwards of $1 billion in licensing income. They are said to cover Internet advertising, e-commerce and communications services, "foundational" widgetry Microsoft or Google might be interested in. CEO Tim Armstrong recently described the portfolio as "beachfront property in East Hampton." However, Bloomberg talked to patent advisor M-Cam Inc, which said the patents were at best only worth $290 million, nowhere near the ocean. The company's otherwise in a pickle with its dial-up Internet business drying up, advertising growth slow and revenues off. Apparently it hasn't been able to strike a deal with private equity.

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