Microsoft has signed a patent cross-licensing agreement with DENSO to further the development of each company’s current and future products.
The agreement with DENSO builds on prior patent agreements Microsoft announced with leading makers of personal navigation devices, such as Alpine, Pioneer and TomTom.
Through this agreement, DENSO will gain access to Microsoft’s patents for its current and future product lines, including auto-drive and navigation technologies. Microsoft also will gain access to DENSO patents.
Although the details of the agreement have not been disclosed, the parties indicated that Microsoft is being compensated by DENSO. No technology is being licensed or exchanged as part of the agreement.
“Microsoft is investing in automotive infotainment software, something you can see from products like Ford SYNC, Kia UVO and Blue&Me, and we’ve developed a compelling patent portfolio in this space,” said David Kaefer, general manager of Intellectual Property (IP) Licensing at Microsoft. “A patent license like this will allow both DENSO and Microsoft to deliver the type of cutting-edge innovations that our respective customers demand.”