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February 25, 2008

Microsoft and Alpine Enter Licensing Agreement

By Shamila Janakiraman, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Microsoft (News - Alert) and Alpine have entered into an agreement which will allow the cross-licensing of both the companies’ patent portfolios.

The companies said in a press release that this agreement will further enable the development of the current and future product lines, and technological innovations of the companies so as to improve overall customer and consumer experience.

As per the agreement, Alpine and Microsoft will be able to exchange information and incorporate patented technologies in car navigation systems besides various other consumer electronics products.

Alpine has been already using Microsoft’s automotive-specific operating system, Windows Automotive, on its navigation systems from the year 2002. The present agreement is expected to further innovations in automotive industry.

Horacio Gutierrez, vice president of Intellectual Property and Licensing at Microsoft said, “This agreement builds on a strong existing relationship between Microsoft and Alpine, and provides both companies with further access to their respective patent portfolios.”

“These cross-licensing deals support the further development of technological innovations and industry collaborations that ultimately benefit consumers and the entire IT ecosystem,” Gutierrez added.

Satoshi Soma, director of audiovisual product development at Alpine said that his company was expecting the continued collaboration with Microsoft so as to further enhance their respective technologies and innovations.

Soma continued, “We look forward to incorporating Microsoft’s technologies into our product platforms to create navigation and information systems that meet the advanced performance expectations of today’s tech-savvy consumers.”

Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
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