Redmond, Washington – (The Hosting News) – March 7, 2006 – Logging its 5,000th U.S. patent, Microsoft Corp.
has reached a milestone. Patent No. 6,999,083 provides for technologies
that allow people to not just play video games against each other online, but
to join the game as a spectator from anywhere in the world. The patent covers technologies that will be featured in Xbox 360(TM) games and brings new
innovation to online gaming by allowing consumers to tune into a video game
much as they would a sporting event broadcast.
Brad Smith, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Microsoft, commented, ”The 5,000th patent is a marker of the progress we have made in the past
few years — building a high-quality, innovative and industry-recognized
portfolio. Through patents, we are able to license
our technologies widely to others in the industry, increasing the availability
of our innovations and getting beneficial solutions in the hands of
customers.” Microsoft has obtained over 7,000 worldwide patents to date.
Since its public commitment to patent and intellectual property
licensing in December 2003, Microsoft is following the industry examples of
other long-time patent licensors such as IBM Corp., with its portfolio of over
25,000 U.S. patents, and other giants such as HP, Intel Corporation, Samsung
and Sony. Microsoft has used its expanding IP portfolio to launch a number of
development-seeding licensing initiatives, including IP Ventures, a program
dedicated to bringing customer-ready technology to emerging businesses for
immediate business benefit and customer use.
The most recent patent scorecard published by
IpIQ (formerly published by Technology Review), ranks Microsoft in the top 10
overall, and as No. 1 in the Current Impact Index (which measures the broader
significance of a company’s patents by examining how often its U.S. patents
are cited as prior art) and in Science Linkage (which shows the average number
of scientific references listed in a company’s U.S. patents; a higher figure
indicates a company closer to the cutting edge than competitors with lower
To learn more about Microsoft Corp., please visit: www.microsoft.com.