AGORA-C Patent Submission

ISO Standard 17572-3 Intelligent Transport System (ITS)—Location Referencing for Geographic Databases—Part 3: Dynamic Location References, also known as AGORA-C 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—that is, the unique identification of geographic objects such as road junctions, exit ramps, and postal addresses—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 georeferenced services such as location-based services and points of interest. A copy of the AGORA-C standard can be obtained from the ISO website (select the “Standards development” tab at the top of the page, then select the “Standards under development” option on the left menu).

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

It should be noted that patents will be assessed with regard to ISO 17572-3 Intelligent Transport System (ITS)—Location Referencing for Geographic Databases—Part 3: Dynamic Location References, exclusive of incorporated normative references. ISO 17572-3 was successfully approved as a Draft International Standard by ISO and will be issued as an International Standard pending final approval.

For complete submission information, please e-mail submissions@vialicensing.com, specifying your interest in submitting a patent or patent application for consideration of essentiality to the AGORA-C Joint Patent Licensing Program.