Microsoft Signs Patent Cross-Licensing Agreement With Canon

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Microsoft today announced that they have signed patent licensing agreement with Canon and the deal deal will enable further collaboration on R&D. This is a cross licensing agreement as opposed to what Microsoft usually signs with Android device OEMs. Microsoft also highlighted that the deal involves certain digital imaging and mobile consumer products.

Read the full press release below.

REDMOND, Wash., and TOKYO —July2, 2014 Microsoft Corp. and Canon Inc. on Wednesday broadened their strategic alliance with the announcement of a broad patent cross-licensing agreement. With this agreement, Microsoft and Canon gain licenses to each other’s highly valued and growing patent portfolios.

“This collaborative approach with Canon allows us to deliver inventive technologies that benefit consumers around the world,” said Nick Psyhogeos, general manager, associate general counsel, IP Licensing of the Innovation and Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft. “Microsoft believes cooperative licensing is an effective way to accelerate innovation while reducing patent disputes.”

This agreement covers a broad range of products and services each company offers, including certain digital imaging and mobile consumer products. Microsoft and Canon have a long history of collaborating to bring high-quality, cutting-edge products to consumers, including color technology. Contents of the agreement will not be disclosed.

“This agreement is a natural extension of our longstanding relationship with Microsoft and commitment to developing innovative technologies,” said Hideki Sanatake, senior general manager, Corporate Intellectual Property & Legal Headquarters of Canon Inc.

  • Horbeme

    A Windows camera? interesting maybe

  • Max

    The Nokia EOS turns into reality 😉

  • Bugbog

    Probably one of the things delaying the 2014 Pureview handset; Nokia had the requisite cross-licenses for the L1020 but Microsoft, now that they are an OEM needs a cross-license with a proper Digital Camera manufacturer.

    • Alan

      Exactly and Canon are one of the best for DSLR Cameras alongside Nikon.

  • jagster

    It would be cool if MSFT was able to use a DIGIC ASIC in their Lumia phones.