*NEWS*EPSON & MICROSOFT IN PATENT DEAL

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*NEWS*EPSON & MICROSOFT IN PATENT DEAL

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    Epson, Microsoft Ink Patents Deal
    Today,
    Epson and Microsoft Corp have announced a cross-licensing agreement,
    which will allow both companies increased access to each other’s patent
    portfolios.Simply put, the agreement will help both Epson and Microsoft
    to broaden their product offerings, and deliver more comprehensive and
    cost-effective solutions.

    Terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.
    Sources
    from the two companies say this move will promote greater exchange and
    implementation of patented technologies in several consumer and
    business Electronics segments.Commenting on the agreement, Masataka
    Kamiyanagi, Executive Officer of Intellectual Property Division, Epson,
    said, “With this agreement, we can share technologies that each company
    has invested in, and bring the resulting success to the marketplace. We
    expect to expand our mutual relations in order to protect our
    intellectual properties on a global level, especially against
    counterfeit problems.”Marshall Phelps, Corporate Vice President and
    Deputy General Counsel for Microsoft, said, “Epson is an important
    industry ally for us, and by sharing our intellectual property, we can
    extend the reach of our respective innovations to our customers.
    Intellectual property licensing is a cornerstone of today’s software
    industry, and essential for the development of comprehensive technology
    solutions.”