Microsoft this morning announced the latest in a series of patent licensing agreements with device makers, entering a multi-year deal with Casio Computer Co. that will provide Casio’s customers with coverage for their use of the open-source Linux operating system in Casio devices.

The agreement is an implicit acknowledgement of Microsoft’s longstanding claims that Linux violates its patents — an assertion that members of the open-source software community have long disputed.

Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but Microsoft said it will receive payments from Casio under the agreement. Microsoft described the agreement as an extension of an existing relationship between the companies. Casio uses Microsoft’s software in its industrial handheld terminals and business information systems, according to the company.

Microsoft has similarly been seeking, and in some cases receiving, patent royalties from makers of devices that run Google’s Android operating system, prompting a strong response from Google’s top lawyer.

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Comments

  • Joe

    That’s the last Casio device I’ll ever buy…

    • http://www.facebook.com/alastair18 Alastair Gilfillan

      Last Microsoft product, as well? We might be out of luck if we need to pay protection money to use Linux.

  • Bob

    Pay up buster or the penguin gets it!

  • http://twitter.com/paulscott56 Paul Scott

    Still no mention of exactly which patents are being violated. Can anyone say old school protection racket?

  • Anonymous

    “The agreement is an implicit acknowledgement of Microsoft’s longstanding claims that Linux violates its patents” – Not necessarily. It may merely be an acknowledgment that it will be cheaper to pay the fee than go to court over it.

  • Joonas

    They pay $1 / year.

    They do not have to worry about m$ layers. MS get credibility to their claim.

  • Joonas

    They pay $1 / year.

    They do not have to worry about m$ layers. MS get credibility to their claim.

  • Unknown

    I HATE THIS FUK**G COMPANY. I would like patent any opensource ideas to prevent that situations in the future.

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