Microsoft has recently announced that it has updated its licensing agreement with Japanese based peripheral device maker I-O DATA Device Inc. Back in 2010 both Microsoft and I-O DATA signed their first patent agreement. Similar the multitudes of Microsoft’s Android-based patent agreements, the first agreement, covered I-O Data Device’s use of products powered by Linux.
“The agreement with I-O DATA is just the latest in a series of agreements where existing licensees have renewed and expanded their patent coverage with Microsoft,” said Nick Psyhogeos, vice president and executive director of Microsoft Technology Licensing. “Our ongoing partnerships forged by patent agreements demonstrate that patent licensing is a remarkably efficient way for companies to mutually benefit from technologies and provide enhanced innovations for consumers.”
The renewed agreement between the two companies appears to cover much of the same legalities as before. There is, however, mention of a couple of new products that are now being rolled up into the agreement. According to a press release from Microsoft, “This agreement includes I-O DATA network-attached storage devices and routers, as well as tablets.”
As part of its press release, Microsoft touts its commitment fo licensing IP.
“Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, it has entered into more than 1,200 licensing agreements.”
While we don’t have the specifics of the accord, the renewed agreement stands as further evidence that Microsoft is more into partnering and licensing than it has been in the past.