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Patent cross-licensing agreement announced between Brother and Microsoft

05 February 2009

Brother Industries Ltd. and Microsoft have announced a patent cross-licensing agreement which gives the companies access to each others patent portfolio.

The agreement encompasses a broad range of patents.

The companies announced that the agreement will help further each others research and development (R&D) efforts.

Brother Industries will gain access to Microsoft's patents for Brother's current and future product lines, including multifunction products (MFPs), printers and certain Linux-based embedded devices.

Microsoft will gain access to Brother's patents for Microsoft's current and future product lines, including Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office and other IT product lines.

Although the contents of the agreement have not been disclosed, the parties indicated that Microsoft is being compensated by Brother.

Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, the company has entered into more than 500 licensing agreements.

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