Microsoft, Funai signed patent cross-licensing agreement for collaboration on consumer electronics products including LCD TVs

Microsoft and Funai Electric, enter into a patent cross-licensing agreement, that allows greater mutual access to each company’s respective patent portfolio, and covers consumer audio-video products including LCD TVs. Funai also will gain access to Microsoft’s Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) patents. These patents cover many innovative ideas behind exFAT, a file system built to […]

Microsoft and Funai Electric, enter into a patent cross-licensing agreement, that allows greater mutual access to each company’s respective patent portfolio, and covers consumer audio-video products including LCD TVs. Funai also will gain access to Microsoft’s Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) patents. These patents cover many innovative ideas behind exFAT, a file system built to handle today’s rich and integrated media experiences. Although contents of the agreement haven’t been disclosed, parties indicated that Microsoft’s being compensated by Funai. “Consumers want TVs to offer experiences that were once available primarily on personal computers. A patent license like this one allows two industry leaders to deliver type of cutting-edge innovations that today’s consumers demand,” said David Kaefer, of Intellectual Property (IP) Licensing at Microsoft. “Our patent portfolio reflects innovation that results from billions of dollars of R&D Microsoft invests each year, and we’re pleased to share access with an established leader such as Funai.”