Microsoft, Amazon Tie Patent Knot

2/22/10

Seattle-area tech giants Amazon and Microsoft have signed a patent cross-license agreement that gives each company some access to the other’s patent portfolio, and covers a broad range of technology, including Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader and its use of Linux-based servers. Financial terms of the deal weren’t given, but Microsoft says Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) will pay it an undisclosed amount of money under the agreement. Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) also says it has entered into similar agreements with other big companies like Apple, Hewlett-Packard, LG Electronics, Nikon, Novell, and Samsung.

Gregory T. Huang is Xconomy's Deputy Editor, National IT Editor, and the Editor of Xconomy Boston. You can e-mail him at gthuang@xconomy.com or call him at 617-252-7323. Follow @

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