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Microsoft Licenses Mobile Communications To Two Chinese Companies

The Chinese companies are picking up Microsoft's Mobile Picture and Mobile Bandwidth Optimization.
Microsoft has licensed certain mobile communications technologies to two companies in China in a deal the software company is touting as a "first-ever" and part of a larger push into China.

At issue are technologies developed at Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing.

The Chinese firms are Comtech Group Inc. and Hunan Talkweb Information System Co. Ltd. Comtech is partnering with Microsoft in two technologies -- Mobile Picture and Mobile Bandwidth Optimization. Talkweb will work with Microsoft's Personalized Facial Sketch solution.

The joint ventures have been created under the umbrella of Microsoft's IP Ventures operation and represent Microsoft's first such partnerships in China. The software giant has been building up its business in China.

Y-Qin Zhang, corporate vice president for Microsoft China Research and Development Group, indicated Chinese companies are changing their thinking about property rights. In a prepared statement, he said: "Through IP Ventures, Comtech and Talkweb now have the opportunity to increase their unique footholds in the IT industry by expanding their business offerings with innovative technologies that carry the potential of stimulating consumer interest, innovation, competitiveness and, ultimately, greater economic development."

Harry Shum, managing director of Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing, said Microsoft, Comtech and Talkweb had worked together to move prototype work from the lab to marketable products.

Comtech Group provides customized module and subsystem design solutions for companies in China including many joint venture Chinese/American businesses. Talkweb, a software developer, integrates industrial software development and wireless value-added service solutions.