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Samsung, Microsoft ink patent licensing pact

Posted: 23 Apr 2007 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:patent licensing? software? digital media technology?

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd and Microsoft Corp. have entered into a broad patent cross licensing agreement to accelerate their respective product development efforts.

Through the agreement, Samsung will obtain access to Microsoft patents that may be practiced in a range of Samsung's existing and future product lines, such as computer products, STBs, digital media players, camcorders, televisions, printers, and home appliances. In these product lines, Samsung and its distributors and customers may utilize Microsoft's patents with proprietary software and will also obtain coverage for its customers' use of certain Linux-based products.

Similarly, Microsoft will gain access to Samsung's large patent portfolio relating to digital media and computer related inventions for its existing and future products. The specific financial terms of the agreement are confidential, but both parties will receive monetary payments compensating them for the value of their portfolios.

"Offering customers elegant, desirable products requires advanced scientific research and design inspiration," said Shung Hyun Cho, senior vice president of the digital media R&D center at Samsung. "Patent collaboration agreements like this expand access to ideas and lead to more desirable products for our customers."

"We are always looking for new opportunities to work collaboratively within the industry and Samsung was a natural fit, particularly because of their leadership in the changing world of digital media technologies," said Horacio Gutierrez, vice president of intellectual property and licensing at Microsoft. "Companies that collaborate are in position to deliver the products and service that their customers demand."

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