14 Feb 07. Versata Software, Inc., and Boeing announced Boeing’s inclusion in Versata’s eCommerceIP(TM) licensing program. As part of the agreement, Boeing is licensed to leverage technology in the Versata eCommerceIP(TM) family of intellectual property. Boeing is using technology licensed under Versata’s eCommerceIP(TM) program to develop applications that give Boeing a time-to-market advantage in creating fast, accurate proposals for customers. Versata’s eCommerceIP(TM) licensing program provides customers flexibility through tailored rights to a wide variety of highly valuable inventions. As part of the program, Versata licensed U.S. Patents 6,002,854, 7,043,407, 6,836,766, 5,825,651, 6,405,308, and 6,675,294 on a non-exclusive basis to Boeing. Additional terms were not disclosed. In addition to inventions relating to interactive product selection and configuration capabilities including determination of availability and compatibility of product features and options, Versata’s portfolio also includes inventions related to complex pricing, product multi-sourcing and many other aspects of an effective enterprise and internet sales and marketing process.
13 Feb 07. Gripen opens up for Norwegian-Swedish Helicopter cooperation. Saab AB and Heli-One AS in Norway have today signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding the international helicopter support market. The possible future Norwegian procurement of the Gripen fighter aircraft has paved the way for a co-operation between Heli-One and Saab to capture future contracts for helicopter support in the Nordic countries. This MoU is the latest example of an increased collaboration between Swedish and Norwegian industry. The two companies, Saab and Heli-One have already begun to explore mutual business opportunities. One possible approach is to promote the Heli-One Stavanger facilities in Norway as the preferred center for training, maintenance and logistic support of the NH90 helicopters for the Swedish Defense Forces.