MICROSOFT & KYOCERA IN PATENT AGREEMENTS

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MICROSOFT & KYOCERA IN PATENT AGREEMENTS

 user 2007-12-04 at 11:28:00 am Views: 60
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    Microsoft, Kyocera Enter Patent Agreement
    Microsoft
    Corp. and Kyocera Mita Corp. have signed a patent cross-licensing
    agreement to allow access to each company’s respective patent
    portfolio. The agreement encompasses a broad range of patents and will
    help further each company’s research and development (R&D)
    efforts.Through this agreement, Kyocera Mita will gain access to
    Microsoft’s patents for Kyocera Mita’s current and future product
    lines, including multifunction products (MFPs), printers, copiers and
    certain Linux-based embedded devices. Microsoft will gain access to
    Kyocera Mita patents for Microsoft’s current and future product lines,
    including Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office and other IT product
    lines.

    Through this agreement, Kyocera Mita will gain access to
    Microsoft’s patents for Kyocera Mita’s current and future product
    lines, including multifunction products (MFPs), printers, copiers and
    certain Linux-based embedded devices. Microsoft will gain access to
    Kyocera Mita patents for Microsoft’s current and future product lines,
    including Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office and other IT product
    lines. The terms of the agreement are not being disclosed.“We believe
    that intellectual property licensing is an empowering way to bring
    innovation to the IT ecosystem,” said David Kaefer, general manager of
    Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft. “Customers will
    benefit from this agreement because both Microsoft and Kyocera Mita
    will have access to an extensive range of technologies that will allow
    each company to enhance its respective products. In addition, this
    agreement also delivers on our promise to continue to build a bridge
    between open source and proprietary software and technologies.”

    Kyocera
    Mita is a global leader in both the manufacturing and distribution of
    monochrome and color MFPs, printers, copiers, and parts and supplies.
    The company’s extensive product range can support the broad document
    needs of diverse customer groups ranging from individual users and
    small workgroups up to large enterprise-level environments.“It was an
    honor to fairly value and assess each other’s patents, as this
    agreement allows both companies to benefit from enhanced patent
    portfolios,” said Shinji Osaki, general manager of the Legal and
    Intellectual Property Division and executive officer of Kyocera Mita.
    “I believe this agreement will improve the productivity of both our
    businesses and result in offering reassurances and increased
    satisfaction for all our customers.”

    Microsoft’s Commitment to Licensing Technology
    Patent
    cross-licensing agreements, such as this, reinforce the importance
    intellectual property licensing plays in ensuring a strong and dynamic
    IT ecosystem. In December 2003, Microsoft launched its IP licensing
    program, and since then the company has entered into more than 200
    licensing agreements. Microsoft continues to develop programs that make
    it possible for customers, partners and competitors to access its IP
    portfolio. Microsoft has entered into a number of patent
    cross-licensing agreements with industry leaders including Cadence
    Design Systems Inc., Fuji Xerox Co. Ltd., Kenwood Corp., LG
    Electronics, NEC Corp., Olympus Corp., Novell Inc., Samsung Electronics
    Co. Ltd., Seiko Epson Corp. and Turbolinux. More information about
    Microsoft’s licensing programs is available at

    http://www.microsoft.com/ip.