Kodak, NEC Announce Cross-license Agreement

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Imaging vendor Eastman Kodak said Monday that it has formed a license agreement with NEC that will allow each company to access the other's patent portfolio.

"We are pleased to have reached a mutually beneficial arrangement that advances the interests of Kodak and of NEC," Laura G. Quatela , vice president and chief intellectual property officer at Kodak, in a statement.

The deal "provides significant benefits to both companies" and will generate royalties for Kodak. No further financial details were provided.

A Kodak spokesman declined to comment beyond the press release. An NEC spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

NEC is well-known for its networking, server and storage offerings, but also sells monitors, projectors and digital cinema products, which may be the focus of the new patent agreement with Kodak.

Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris's e-mail address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com

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