Microsoft in new patent license agreement with Toyota

Microsoft on Wednesday announced a new patent licensing agreement with Toyota Corp. that includes “broad coverage for connected car technologies.”

“Today’s agreement builds on Toyota and Microsoft’s strong partnership, which includes their collaboration on the Azure-based Toyota Big Data Center,” said Microsoft.

Erich Andersen, chief IP counsel of Microsoft’s Intellectual Property Group, said: “When you look across telematics, infotainment, safety and other systems in today’s connected cars, you find Microsoft technologies and innovation.

“Microsoft doesn’t make cars; we are working closely with today’s car companies to help them meet customer demands, and we’re pleased today to announce the licensing of our patented technology to our partner, Toyota.”

Tokuhisa Nomura, executive general manager of Toyota’s Advanced R&D and Engineering Company, said: “This is an exciting time in the industry, and we believe that to create the best, most immersive connected car experiences, automotive makers should partner with technology leaders like Microsoft.

“Through this patent partnership between Toyota and Microsoft, we will be able to innovate faster to deliver new, contextual and immersive experiences to our customers.”

Microsoft said that since it launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, it has entered into more than 1,200 licensing agreements.