Via Licensing to create joint license for AGORA-C standard

Via Licensing to create joint license for AGORA-C standard
Via Licensing Corporation announced a call for patents essential to ISO Standard ISO 17572-3, also known as AGORA-C. All owners of patents likely to be essential to this standard are invited to submit their patents for evaluation, with a view to participate in the formation of a joint license covering AGORA-C essential patents.

The AGORA-C standard is designed to improve the real-time accuracy of GPS and to allow the development of enhanced navigation services. AGORA-C specifies a method for dynamic encoding and decoding of location references (road junctions, postal addresses, etc) into any map, without requiring predefined location codes or lookup tables. AGORA-C will notably be implemented in navigation systems for dynamic route guidance, public traffic management systems, and for other types of geo-referenced services such as location-based services and points of interest.

An initial group of owners of patents essential for the AGORA-C standard, including Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (Panasonic), Tele Atlas NV, Siemens AG, and Robert Bosch GmbH, selected Via Licensing as its agent to create and manage this joint licensing program.

“Via Licensing and the primary contributors to the AGORA-C standard are working together to create a joint patent licensing program that will benefit the ITS industry by facilitating licensing of AGORA-C essential patents owned by multiple entities at a predictable cost through a single license,” said Helene Jay, Director of Business Development, EMEA, for Via Licensing.

Monday, April 14th 2008

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