Toshiba and Microsoft cut patent deal

Toshiba and Microsoft have signed a cross-licensing patent pact covering IT and consumer electronics technologies in an effort to...

Toshiba and Microsoft have signed a cross-licensing patent pact covering IT and consumer electronics technologies in an effort to avoid potential legal wrangles over new products.

The deal allows both companies to freely use an unspecified number of each other’s patents and is part of a trend among suppliers attempting to stay out of the courtroom, as the number of technology patents awarded each year increases rapidly.

Microsoft already has cross-licensing deals with the SAP and Siemens, and Sony has an agreement with Samsung.

Toshiba was recently ordered to pay Lexar Media $380m (£205m) in damages in a dispute over flash memory technology patents.

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