Microsoft Signs Licensing Deal With RIM

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Microsoft Corporation has signed a patent licensing agreement with Research In Motion (RIM).  RIM is now allowed to have broad access to the latest Extended File Allocation Table (exFAT) for certain BlackBerry devices.  exFAT is a modern file system from Microsoft that helps facilitate large files for audiovisual media and enables seamless data portability and easier interchange between desktop PCs and other electronic devices.

exFAT is an improvement on the original FAT system.  exFAT expands the size of files that flash memory devices can handle by five times over previous FAT technology.  exFAT also increases the speed of the way that files are accessed.

“Today’s smartphones and tablets require the capacity to display richer images and data than traditional cellular phones,” stated Microsoft general manager of Intellectual Property (IP) Licensing David Kaefer. “This agreement with RIM highlights how a modern file system, such as exFAT can help directly address the specific needs of customers in the mobile industry.”

Microsoft has similar licensing agreements with Panasonic, SANYO, Sony, and Canon.  Microsoft has entered over 1,100 licensing agreements and develops programs that makes it possible for customers and partners to access their patent portfolio.

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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