Microsoft Licenses Augmented Reality IP from GeoVector

Microsoft today announced to have entered into a non exclusive licensing agreement with GeoVector Corporation. The patents included in the agreement cover Augmented Reality,pointing-based local search and other aspects of spatially aware mobile computing.

GeoVector owns several patents for augmented reality –the earlier was filed in 1993 –and has been a pioneer in this area,providing its technology to Japanese companies such as NEC and Mapion as early as 2006.

However the company did not caught the wave of consumer “reality browser“ launched by companies such as Wikitude and Layar more recently. It left the company seating on its patent portfolio and licensing it to large corporation such as Microsoft rather than developing and marketing products itself.

Read here our interview with GeoVector CEO John Ellenby in March 2008.

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