Microsoft, Fuji Xerox Sign Patent-Sharing Pact

Law360, New York (March 22, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- In its continuing bid to speed development and avoid costly patent litigation, Microsoft Corp. has struck a deal with a fifth Japanese electronics maker, this time Fuji Xerox Co., to share each other’s intellectual property.

The companies announced the cross-licensing pact Thursday, but did not disclose the terms of compensation agreed on.

The “broad-patent” deal gives Fuji Xerox, which is owned by Fujifilm Holdings Corp., access to Microsoft’s patent portfolio for operating systems, including Window’s Vista and Linux.

Microsoft, in turn, will gain access to Fuji...
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