Melco Group and Microsoft announce patent agreement

NAGOYA, Japan, and REDMOND, Wash. — March 16, 2015 — On Monday, Melco Holdings Inc., parent company of Buffalo Inc. and Buffalo Group (“Melco Group”), and Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC, announced a patent agreement providing Melco Holdings coverage for its Linux- and Android-based devices under Microsoft’s patent portfolio. “With this agreement, we are pleased to build on prior patent licensing arrangements with Melco,” said Nick Psyhogeos, vice president and executive director Read more [...]

Fuji Xerox and Microsoft announce patent agreement

TOKYO and REDMOND, Wash. — March 19, 2015 — Fuji Xerox Co. Ltd. and Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC announced on Thursday a broad patent cross-licensing agreement. Building on a 2007 cross-licensing agreement, today’s agreement ensures that Microsoft and Fuji Xerox continue to benefit from access to each other’s substantial and valuable patent portfolios and accelerate research and development. “Today’s agreement demonstrates the power of patent licensing to stimulate engagement and Read more [...]

Apple and Google Call a Truce in Patent Wars

Apple and Google, two of Silicon Valley’s top intellectual property antagonists, have declared a ceasefire in their long-running war over patents, the companies said late Friday night. The two tech titans said they signed a landmark agreement to settle all outstanding patent litigation between them, in a marked de-escalation of the smartphone patent wars that have gripped the tech world in recent years. “Apple and Google have agreed to dismiss all the current lawsuits that exist directly Read more [...]

Waiting for patent reform is costing us billions — here are the numbers

GUEST POSTImage Credit: Hermin/ShutterstockAfter almost three weeks of heated debate, palace intrigue, semantic suggestions, and false starts, the Senate Judiciary Committee left for April Recess on the doorstep of an historic deal to curb the scurrilous practices of patent trolls. The prospective deal, spearheaded by Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), provides the clearest hope yet for real improvement before this fall’s midterm elections. While we praise Sen. Schumer Read more [...]

Microsoft and Dell sign patent licensing agreement

  REDMOND, Wash. — Mar ch 26 , 2014 — Microsoft Corp. and Dell announced a patent licensing agreement allowing the companies to share technology and build on each other’s innovations. It is the continuation of a nearly 30-year business relationship between Microsoft and Dell to deliver world-class technologies to consumers. “Our agreement with Dell shows what can be accomplished when companies share intellectual property,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and Read more [...]

Inventors need a voice in patent reform

Stokkete / Shutterstock The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed H.R. 3309, the so-called “Innovation Act.” In reality, it is patent legislation that could dramatically diminish the protection given to inventions, and thus negatively impact our economic future and our country’s ability to lead the world in innovation. And Congress passed the legislation in just 43 days, not enough time to truly understand its impact. Shockingly, not a single inventor was asked to testify Read more [...]