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.
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.
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.
Microsoft Accuses InterDigital of Antitrust Behavior
Microsoft has filed an antitrust lawsuit against InterDigital, a patent-licensing firm, for charging exorbitant rates to license standard-essential patents. The two companies have been embroiled in patent litigation for years.
Lenovo to Preload Microsoft Apps on Android Phones
Lenovo has agreed to install Microsoft's core productivity applications on some of its Android-based devices. The apps include Microsoft Office, OneDrive, and Skype.
Motorola Owes Microsoft $14.5 Million Over Patent Spat
An appeals court has sided with Microsoft and upheld a 2013 verdict that says Motorola has to pay Microsoft for refusing to license standard-essential patents at fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory rates. This particular case began in 2010, when Microsoft sued Motorola for failing to pay it patent-licensing fees for technology found in Motorola's Android smartphones.