Microsoft Inks Patent Licensing Deal With Denso

Microsoft has signed a patent licensing deal with Japanese in-car entertainment company Denso.

The Register reports Microsoft's clarification that no technology was being exchanged or licensed under the agreement.

The company said: “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 has confirmed that it will also be granted access to Denso patents.

The company has not disclosed any financial details of the agreement, but said that the deal "builds on" previous patent deals with Pioneer, Alpine Electronics and TomTom.

In a statement, David Kaefer, general manager of Intellectual Property Licensing at Microsoft, said: “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.”