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Microsoft (MSFT) has signed a patent licensing deal with Research In Motion (RIMM) covering its...

Microsoft (MSFT) has signed a patent licensing deal with Research In Motion (RIMM) covering its exFAT file system for flash memory devices. The deal follows an exFAT licensing agreement with Sharp. Microsoft is asserting its patents for the older FAT file system in a case against Motorola Mobility. (PR)
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  • Herr Hansa
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    Appears to be better for MSFT than for RIMM. It does not seem from the specification on the Wiki page that the file system would help BB10 smartphones, though it may be useful in a future tablet, or other products not yet announced.
    18 Sep 2012, 02:13 PM Reply Like
  • JohnPartyka
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    I think this exFAT licensing agreement with MS was merely a matter of course, but it's interesting to note how quickly RIM stocks went up after the announcement. There must be many investors out there waiting expectantly for a RIM reincarnation.
    18 Sep 2012, 05:07 PM Reply Like
  • mikecannon
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    Will this affect the stock price at all
    18 Sep 2012, 05:07 PM Reply Like
  • JohnPartyka
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    In the short term, yes. RIM reversed it's steady decline abruptly after the announcement and closed .17 (2.4%) higher today. In the long term, I doubt it will have any effect.
    18 Sep 2012, 10:53 PM Reply Like
  • logotrix
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    Is it just me, or does RIMM keep looking like a bargain waiting to happen at this price? I'm just waiting for a sufficiently compelling reason to put some money down, but a deal with Microsoft is not that reason. The reception of BB10 will be the litmus test for me, but I can't write this company off - they are simply too valuable, though certainly this may not be enough to move forward. My point is, that I see the potential for real momentum for RIMM when, and if, they ever get moving again. Whether that interest is sustainable over the longer term is another story, but this company is still attractive to investors. The company certainly has not fallen off anyone's radar.
    19 Sep 2012, 09:15 AM Reply Like
  • mikecannon
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    So what about the possibility of someone buying RIM, I read that the BB10 showing a couple of weeks ago went very well this has got to look good for the company or potential buyers
    19 Sep 2012, 07:25 AM Reply Like
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