It’s hard to miss the two-story patent wall in Qualcomm Inc.’s headquarters lobby. Qualcomm has 130,000 patents issued or pending. The bulk of the corporation’s earnings flow from other companies paying Qualcomm for permission to use its intellectual property.

It’s hard to miss the two-story patent wall in Qualcomm Inc.’s headquarters lobby. Qualcomm has 130,000 patents issued or pending. The bulk of the corporation’s earnings flow from other companies paying Qualcomm for permission to use its intellectual property. Photo by Jamie Scott Lytle.

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A closer look at the display shows cover pages from the legal documents.

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Qualcomm’s headquarters features a museum with corporate memorabilia.

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