Microsoft Licenses exFAT Patents to RIM
Microsoft today announced that it has signed a patent licensing agreement with Research In Motion. The patents in question pertain to Microsoft's exFAT (Extended File Allocation Table) file system, which allows devices to handle much larger individual files than the previous FAT file system. Microsoft holds a number of patents that cover smartphone technologies. Microsoft has signed licensing agreements with a significant number of Android hardware makers. RIM is the latest smartphone maker to license patents from Microsoft.
T-Mobile Outs Windows 10 VR Phone From Alcatel
T-Mobile today listed the "Alcatel IDOL 4S with Windows 10 VR" on its web site. The unique version of the Idol 4S not only runs Windows 10, but sports many of the upgrades available in the related BlackBerry DTEK60, such as the high-end Snapdragon 820 processor, 21-megapixel camera, and USB Type-C connector, none of which are in the standard Idol 4S.
Microsoft, Kyocera Expand Patent-Licensing Deal
Microsoft today said that it has expanded the scale of a patent cross-licensing agreement with Kyocera. Microsoft and Kyocera are now able to use a broader range of one another's technologies in a variety of products.
Microsoft Sues Kyocera Over Patents
Microsoft has filed a lawsuit against Kyocera in which it alleges the Japanese smartphone maker is violating seven of its patents. In particular, Microsoft is targeting the Duraforce, Hydro, and Brigadier series devices.
Luna Mobile Licenses Microsoft Patents
Microsoft today announced a new partnership with Luna Mobile, which has agreed to license Microsoft's technology patents for mobile devices. Luna has committed to launching 5 different smartphones this year, ranging in price from $139 to $459.
Samsung Looking to Escape Paying $1B to Microsoft
Samsung claims that if it honors a 2011 patent-licensing agreement with Microsoft it could be charged with collusion. The argument is the latest from Samsung, which owes Microsoft $1 billion in patent licensing fees, plus another $6.9 million in interest.