Microsoft inks another Linux-related IP license deal

The software maker signs a pact with Japan's Kyocera Mita, allowing the company to use Microsoft patents for its line of printers, copiers and multifunction peripherals.

Microsoft said late Tuesday that it has signed a patent-swap deal with Kyocera Mita, the latest in a string of such announcements. Like many of those arrangements, Kyocera is getting protection for its use of Linux in various products.

Microsoft is also getting the right to use Kyocera Mita's patents in products like Windows and Office. The two companies did not announce the financial terms for the deal.

Other recent deals by Microsoft include agreements with TurboLinux , Linspire, Xandros, Samsung, LG, and Fuji Xerox.

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