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Sony, Aptina sign cross-licensing patent deal

Posted: 08 May 2013     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:patent  cross-license  imaging applications 

CMOS imaging company Aptina has signed a patent cross-license agreement with Sony. The deal allows each company with access to the other’s patent portfolio.

The cross-license agreement enables both the companies to operate freely and use each other's patented solutions "to advance the pace of development for cameras and other imaging applications."

Aptina and Sony have built patent portfolios that include seminal image sensor patents covering image capture and processing methods. These technologies are found in almost every consumer electronics device, including smartphones, automobiles, tablets, televisions, gaming platforms, medical equipment and digital cameras.

“Patents and innovation are a critical component of Aptina’s strategy, and Aptina’s patent portfolio is the largest and strongest in the image sensor industry,” said Bob Gove, president and CTO, Aptina. “We believe that this powerful blend will advance technology to realise our goal of enabling consumers to capture beautiful images and visual information.”

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