Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Microsoft, Amazon cross-license; pragmatic solution?

The deal covers aspects of Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader and its use of Linux-based servers.

Microsoft has entered into more than 600 licensing deals since 2002.

See press release Microsoft and Sign Patent Agreement including the text

“We are pleased to have entered into this patent license agreement with,” 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.”


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