Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/03/04/microsoft_i_o_data_linux_patent/

Microsoft embraces another Linux company

Patently clear patent deal

By Kelly Fiveash

Posted in Operating Systems, 4th March 2010 15:32 GMT

Another day, another company developing Linux-based tech falls into line with Microsoft's intellectual property wonks.

Japanese Flash maker I-O Data Device Inc has agreed to cough up an undisclosed sum of cash to Microsoft under a Linux software deal.

This is the latest such agreement Microsoft has made with a tech company that uses Linux in its products.

I-O Data's network-attached storage devices and its routers that run on Linux apply to the "patent covenants" said Microsoft in a statement yesterday.

“We’re pleased to reach this agreement with I-O Data,” said MS intellectual property boss David Kaefer.

“Microsoft has a strong track record of collaboration with companies running Linux-based offerings, and this agreement is a reflection of our commitment to partner with industry leaders around the world.”

Just last week Redmond inked an IP licensing exFAT deal with Panasonic. ®