Microsoft and Casio Computer Co. Ltd. have entered into a broad, multiyear patent cross-licensing agreement that, among other things, will provide Casio's customers with patent coverage for their use of Linux in certain Casio devices.
"This licensing agreement is an extension of the long-standing relationship between the two companies; Casio utilizes a wide variety of Microsoft software for its products, including its industrial handheld terminals and business information systems," Microsoft said.
Although the details of the licensing agreement are confidential, the parties acknowledge that Microsoft is being compensated by Casio.
Casio Computer doesn't only use Linux in its products. It also licenses Microsoft's Windows Embedded operating-system software for use in its industrial handheld terminals and Windows in its business information systems. This division of the company also manufactures and sells digital cameras, watches, electronic dictionaries, electronic musical instruments, calculators, cell phones, cash registers, printers and various electronic components.
"We're pleased to reach an agreement and to see continued recognition of the value of our patent portfolio, particularly as it relates to operating systems," said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel of Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft.