Microsoft and Canon have extended their partnership and signed a patent cross-licensing agreement, which will see the two companies gain licenses to each other’s portfolios.
The deal covers a range of products and services each company offers, including certain digital imaging and mobile consumer products.
Microsoft and Canon have a history of collaborating on consumer products, including colour technology.
“This collaborative approach with Canon allows us to deliver inventive technologies that benefit consumers around the world,” said Nick Psyhogeos, general manager, associate general counsel, IP Licensing of the Innovation and Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft.
“Microsoft believes cooperative licensing is an effective way to accelerate innovation while reducing patent disputes.”
Contents of the agreement were not disclosed .