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Microsoft and Amazon Sign Kindle, Linux Deal

Microsoft said Monday that the agreement covers a broad range of products and technology. This includes coverage for Amazon’s Kindle, which employs both open source and Amazon’s proprietary software components, and Amazon’s use of Linux-based servers.

The move is part of Microsoft's IP licensing program launched seven years ago, in December 2003. The company has entered into more than 600 licensing agreements with companies such as Apple, HP, LG, Nikon, Novell, Samsung and Fuji.

"We are pleased to have entered into this patent license agreement with Amazon.com,” said Horacio Gutierrez, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel for Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft. “Microsoft’s patent portfolio is the largest and strongest in the software industry, and this agreement demonstrates our mutual respect for intellectual property as well as our ability to reach pragmatic solutions to IP issues regardless of whether proprietary or open source software is involved."

Redmond did not disclose the financial details of the agreement but did say that Amazon would be paying Microsoft an 'undisclosed' amount of money under the agreement.