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Western Digital acquires more than 100 patents from IBM

Posted: 29 Jan 2016 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Western Digital? IBM? patent? storage? memory?

Western Digital has revealed that it has obtained more than 100 patent assets from IBM. The companies also entered into a patent cross-license agreement. Detailed of the transaction were not disclosed.

Patents acquired by Western Digital are in distributed storage, object storage, and emerging non-volatile memory. Western Digital expects the IP to further strengthen its technology leadership position and drive value creation for the company and its customers. The patents will augment Western Digital's existing portfolio of more than 10,000 patents and patent applications.

"This agreement reflects our continued focus on innovation and sets the stage for even more rapid advancement and commercialization of new data storage solutions," said Mike Cordano, president and COO, Western Digital. "We are building on Western Digital and IBM's long-standing relationship and look forward to future collaborations and business opportunities."

"This agreement with Western Digital illustrates the value of patented IBM inventions and demonstrates our leadership in licensing access to our broad patent portfolio. We look forward to a productive relationship with Western Digital," said William LaFontaine, GM, intellectual property for IBM.

IBM has led the annual list of U.S. patent recipients for 23 consecutive years.





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