Microsoft signed "a patent cross-licensing agreement with DENSO Corp., to further the development of each company's current and future products." The agreement builds on prior patent agreements Microsoft announced with makers of personal navigation devices, such as Alpine Electronics Inc., Pioneer Corp. and TomTom NV.
"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….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 details haven't been disclosed, parties indicated that Microsoft is being compensated by DENSO. No technology is being licensed or exchanged as part of the agreement."