Microsoft (MSFT), locked in legal battles with BKS and MMI, has agreed to license patents it...

|By:, SA News Editor

Microsoft (MSFT), locked in legal battles with BKS and MMI, has agreed to license patents it owns that involve industry standards, rather than use them to block product sales. This isn't a huge concession, since many of Microsoft's software and UI patents aren't covered by standards. Likewise, few, if any, of the patents asserted by Apple (AAPL) in legal disputes relate to industry standards. (also)