In a short statement sent to the AFP, a spokesperson for Facebook has said ‘I can confirm that there was a purchase but I don’t have any other details to share’. Analyzing closer. this is probably a confirmation that Facebook has acquired some patents from IBM, but IBM has yet to comment and the transfer of the patents, particularly whether they have any bearing on Yahoo’s litigation, is still uncertain.

This is an update to a report from Bloomberg that Facebook has acquired 750 patents from IBM, providing coverage for various ‘software and networking’ technologies.