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Casio Computer purchases MMP portfolio licensing rights

Posted: 23 Feb 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Alliacense? intellectual property? Casio Computer? Moore Microprocessor Patent? MMP?

Alliacense, an intellectual property (IP) management company, has announced that Casio Computer Co. Ltd has purchased "system" licensing rights to the Moore Microprocessor Patent (MMP) portfolio. Terms of the Casio license were not disclosed.

"The IP represented by the MMP portfolio, and protected around the world, encompasses building blocks for virtually all digital products being designed and shipped today," said Alliacense President Mac Leckrone. "The depth and breadth of digital products exploiting MMP portfolio design techniques is remarkable. We routinely find these techniques used in devices ranging from simple TV remote controls to sophisticated medical diagnostic equipmentfrom portable media players to complex internet 'backbone' hardware. Today's automobiles have dozens of such devices."

Leckrone noted that once digital hardware vendors recognize their broad reliance on the IP protected by the MMP Portfolio, they appreciate the critical need to secure continued access to the fundamental MMP technologies. "System-level coverage is essential to maintaining product design freedom and avoiding supply-chain disruptions," Leckrone explained. "By design, our licensing structure enables nimble and forward-thinking system manufacturers to disadvantage their competitors."

MMP portfolio
Named after inventor Charles Moore, the MMP portfolio encompasses seven U.S. patents as well as their European and Japanese counterparts. Protected through year of 2015, these patents protect techniques used in designing microprocessors, microcontrollers, digital signal processors, embedded processors and SoC implementations.

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