[Techtaffy Newsdesk]

Microsoft has signed a patent cross-license agreement with Amdocs Software Systems. The patent agreement provides mutual access to each company’s patent portfolio, including a license under Microsoft’s patent portfolio covering Amdocs’ use of Linux-based servers in its data centers. Although specific terms of the agreement are confidential, Microsoft indicated that Amdocs will pay Microsoft an undisclosed amount of money under the agreement.

Horacio Gutierrez (Corporate vice president and Deputy general counsel, Intellectual Property Group, Microsoft): This agreement with Amdocs adds to the more than 1,100 patent license agreements Microsoft has entered into over the last decade.

Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, the company has entered into more than 1100 licensing agreements.