MICROSOFT & BROTHER SIGN PATENT-SHARING DEAL

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MICROSOFT & BROTHER SIGN PATENT-SHARING DEAL

 user 2009-02-10 at 2:45:00 pm Views: 50
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    http://www.zdnetasia.com/news/business/0,39044229,62050750,00.htm
    Microsoft and Brother sign patent-sharing deal
    February
    2009 Microsoft and the printer manufacturer Brother have signed a
    cross-licensing intellectual property agreement, the software leader
    announced on Wednesday.
    According to Microsoft’s statement, the deal
    covers a broad range of patents and “will help further each company’s
    research and development (R&D) efforts”. Microsoft said it has
    similar arrangements with other printer manufacturers, including HP,
    Samsung, Fuji Xerox, Seiko Epson and Kyocera.

    “Our partners and
    customers continue to demand greater collaboration as they run
    increasingly diverse IT environments using technology and solutions
    that rely on both proprietary and open source code,” Microsoft’s
    general manager of intellectual property (IP) and licensing, David
    Kaefer, said in the statement. “This ‘mixed source’ world calls for
    sensible business arrangements between IT leaders to enable the use of
    software resulting from various development and business models.”

    Microsoft
    and Brother have not disclosed many details of their agreement, other
    than to say that Brother gets to use Microsoft’s patents for its
    printers, and Microsoft gets to use Brother’s patents for Windows,
    Office and other lines. The companies also said that the deal involves
    Brother paying Microsoft an undisclosed amount.