licensing deal. Out of the two LG is set to benefit the most, but you can be sure the deal wouldn’t have gone through without benefit to Redmond. The deal will allow LG to use Microsoft patented technology, and vice versa. This is the latest in a line of recent moves by Microsoft to enter patent protection deals.

The agreement between the companies follows in the same vein as the Microsoft and Novell deal, which alleviated fear of intellectual property issues. LG customers will now be able to sleep the night away with no fear of the boogeyman. In addition to patents developed by LGE, the deal includes those that are now owned by MicroConnect. The financial details of the agreement were not revealed but according to Reuters LG will be receiving more money than Microsoft. LG will make payments for patent rights in regards to Linux-based embedded devices.

In the last year Microsoft has made similar patent protection deals with Novell, Fuji, Xerox, Samsung and most recently Xandros. No doubt the year of Microsoft patent accords will continue after this as well.

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