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Microsoft, Samsung ink patent deal

Apr 20,2007
Microsoft Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. said they will share patents to speed up development of electronics at both companies.
Samsung may use Microsoft’s patents for computers, TVs and printers, the companies said yesterday in a statement. Microsoft will gain access to Samsung patents for digital media and computer-related products. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.
Microsoft this week announced four deals with Asian companies including China’s Lenovo Group Ltd. as the software maker tries to raise sales in the region. Business software makers lost more than $3.9 billion of potential sales in Asia last year due to piracy, according to the International Intellectual Property Alliance.
Microsoft has announced similar patent-sharing agreements with Japan’s Fuji Xerox Co., NEC Corp., and Seiko Epson Corp.
Microsoft said April 17 it would offer free trials of its new Office 2007 program in Taiwan to encourage the island’s consumers to buy legal copies of its software. Eight computer makers will sell laptops equipped with legal versions of the software that are usable for 60 days.
Microsoft makes “almost no money” from the 2.2 million PCs sold in Taiwan annually, said Davis Tsai, head of Taiwan operations.


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