Aptina and Sony have formally entered into a patent cross license agreement, according to Mark Wilson, a representative from the former company.
The agreement allows the two to freely access one another’s inventions for the purpose of advancing camera and other imaging applications, and will reportedly pave way for a series of future developments that will greatly benefit the image sensor industry.
Image sensors are known to be applied to a wide variety of commercial products, among them smartphones, vehicles, televisions, gaming consoles, and digital cameras. Recently, Aptina announced that it would be manufacturing special sensory components enabling “4K” quality images and video to be featured on portable mobile devices. The development may prove especially useful for Sony’s smartphone business, which has long been bogged down by questionable market decisions and lack of innovation.
Regarding the future state of developments and how the Sony-Aptina license agreement will eventually play out, Bob Gove, president and CTO of Aptina, remains confident: “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…we believe that this powerful blend will advance technology to realize our goal of enabling consumers to capture beautiful images and visual information.”