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ALLIANCE, relationship. The union or connexion of two persons or families by marriage, which is also called affinity. This is derived from the Latin preposition ad and ligare, to bind. Vide Inst 1, 10, 6; Dig 38, 10, 4, 3; and Affinity.

ALLIANCE, international law. A contract, treaty, or league between two sovereigns or states, made to insure their safety and common defence.
     2. Alliances made for warlike purposes are divided in general into defensive and offensive; in the former the nation only engages to defend her ally in case he be attacked; in the latter she unites with him for the purpose of making an attack, or jointly waging the war against another nation. Some alliances are both offensive and defensive; and there seldom is an offensive alliance which is not also defensive. Vattel, B. 3, c. 6, Sec. 79; 2 Dall. 15.

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In general, autonomy was an important value for Alliance members.
Since the start of our cooperation in 1989, KLM and Northwest Airlines have received many awards and other recognitions from within the airline industry and - more importantly - from our customers," said Hans de Roos, senior vice president of Alliances at KLM.
ASAP provides a forum to exchange alliance best practices, resources and opportunities as well as offer products that enable members to harness alliances as growth engines to drive corporate performance.
Understand the key issues involved with pharmaceutical alliances, ensuring that you have all the information required to build and manage successful alliances in the future.
The Alliance also announced signing six new members, bringing its membership to 35 and further strengthening the organization's influence in the important realm of digital content protection.
Jonathon Fox, who directs Archstone Consulting's Alliance Management offering, asserts "many of our clients and contacts in this area agree that as an industry there are significant opportunities for improvement.
An explanation of the types alliances that exist, by four categories and descriptions as to their strategic use.
Pharmaceutical companies have always been aware of the need to collaborate with universities as a source of crucial innovation, but the rise of molecular genetics since the 1980s and the consequent increasing complexity of drug discovery and development have driven the recent flourishing of such alliances.
Founding members of the Ethernet Alliance are 3Com, ADC, Agere Systems, AMCC, Aquantia, Broadcom, Force10 Networks, Foundry Networks, Intel, Lawrence Berkeley Labs, Pioneer Corporation, Quake Technologies, Samsung, Sun Microsystems, Tehuti Networks, Tyco Electronics, The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), and Xilinx.
The Ethernet Alliance is an umbrella organization that will support IEEE 802 Ethernet projects:
Alliance and the FDA continue to have an excellent working relationship as evidenced by the company receiving its industry-leading 31st 510(k) clearance," said Don Selvey, vice president of regulatory affairs for Alliance Medical.
While there is no single model, alliances generally share some common characteristics: There is usually an umbrella membership organization that does not provide professional services to the public, but rather is involved, at varying degrees, in the activities and interaction of its member firms.

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