Microsoft Signs Licensing Agreements for exFAT With Sharp, Sigma, NextoDi, Black Magic and Atomos Global

  Microsoft Signs Licensing Agreements for exFAT With Sharp, Sigma, NextoDi,
                        Black Magic and Atomos Global

Agreements cover Android tablets, digital cameras and high-end camcorders.

PR Newswire

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 7, 2012

REDMOND, Wash., Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Microsoft Corp. announced today
that it signed patent licensing agreements for the use of the latest Extended
File Allocation Table (exFAT) with five companies, spanning industries
including high-end camcorders, digital cameras and Android tablets.


The agreements cover Sharp Android tablets, Sigma and NextoDi high-end cameras
and accessories, and Black Magic and Atomos Global broadcast-quality
video-recording devices.

exFAT is a modern file system that facilitates large files for audiovisual
media and enables seamless data portability for an easy interchange of files
between electronic devices. exFAT vastly improves on its predecessor, the FAT
file system, and expands the size of files that flash memory devices can
handle by more than five times. It also greatly increases the speed with which
those files can be accessed.

"Today's agreements demonstrate the continued success of our licensing program
and highlight the adoption of exFAT across multiple industries and many
product offerings," said David Kaefer, general manager of Intellectual
Property (IP) Licensing at Microsoft. "The unique capabilities of exFAT allow
licensees to tailor their products to evolving markets while also meeting the
changing needs of their customers."

Microsoft's Commitment to Intellectual Property Collaboration
Microsoft offers flexible IP licensing programs that give companies access to
many of the foundational technologies in its own products, allowing those
companies to build devices, applications and services that work seamlessly
with one another.

Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, the
company has entered into more than 1,100 licensing agreements and continues to
develop programs that make it possible for customers, partners and competitors
to access its IP portfolio. The program was developed to open access to
Microsoft's significant R&D investments and its growing, broad patent and IP

Microsoft has entered into similar exFAT patent licensing agreements with
several leading consumer electronics manufacturers, including Panasonic Corp.,
Sony Corp. and Canon Inc., through its IP licensing program

More information on Microsoft's IP licensing program is available at, and information specifically related to
Microsoft's exFAT licensing program is available at

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq "MSFT") is the worldwide leader in
software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their
full potential.

SOURCE Microsoft Corp.

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