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Sony, Samsung Sign Cross-Licensing Deal Covering 24,000 Patents

Law360 (December 14, 2004, 12:00 AM EST) -- Japanese electronics giant Sony Corp. and Korean rival Samsung Electronics have penned a deal to cross-license a broad array of patents for products under development, including patents for semiconductors and broadband technologies.

The agreement, which runs from April 2004 through March 2009, covers about 11,000 of Samsung’s patents and just under 13,000 of Sony’s, according to the companies.

The deal spans across five basic areas: semiconductor technologies, including DRAM and flash memory technologies; compression technologies, including ATRAC (adaptive transform acoustic coding) and Mpeg; communications technologies; patents...
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