Microsoft sign cross-license agreement with Amazon.com

Microsoft Corp. announced that it has signed a patent cross-license agreement with Amazon.com Inc. The agreement provides each company with access to the other’s patent portfolio and covers a broad range of products and technology, including coverage for Amazon’s popular e-reading device, Kindle™, which employs both open source and Amazon’s proprietary software components, and Amazon’s use of Linux-based servers. Although specific terms of the agreement are confidential, Microsoft indicated that Amazon.com will pay Microsoft an undisclosed amount of money under the agreement.

“We are pleased to have entered into this patent license agreement with Amazon.com,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel for Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft. “Microsoft’s patent portfolio is the largest and strongest in the software industry, and this agreement demonstrates our mutual respect for intellectual property as well as our ability to reach pragmatic solutions to IP issues regardless of whether proprietary or open source software is involved.”

The licensing agreement is another example of the important role IP plays in ensuring a healthy and vibrant IT ecosystem. Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, the company has entered into more than 600 licensing agreements and continues to develop programs that make it possible for customers, partners and competitors to access its IP portfolio. The program was developed to open access to Microsoft’s significant R&D investments and its growing, broad patent and IP portfolio. In recent years, Microsoft has entered into similar agreements with other leading companies, including Apple Inc., HP, LG Electronics, Nikon Corp., Novell Inc., HOYA CORPORATION PENTAX Imaging Systems Division, Pioneer Corp., Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and Fuji Xerox Co. Ltd.

Source: Microsoft

Related posts

Coby to intro sub-$100 “Midget PC”

Coby, that company that maks all those dirt cheap electronics that you can find at discount stores and shopping mall kiosks plans to enter the netook market early in 2009. Except, for some reason Coby refuses to call their new products netbooks, instead refering to them as “Midget PCs” since...

Microsoft may abandon Windows 9 brand name

Microsoft may abandon Windows 9 brand name

Do you know what September 30, 2014 will likely be remembered for? This is a tricky question so we will help a little here – if you are an IT person you will remember this date with the introduction of Windows 9 – or so we believe. Indeed, the new operating system is expected tomorrow but...

Agent Alice

Agent Alice

The crime genre has always had numerous fans because it offers suspense, a pinch of fear, riddles and even the chance to make your own guesses as to who the criminal is. No wonder then that crime-related games have so much success nowadays. Fortunately for fans of the genre you can now catch...

Leave a comment