WEST­ERNDIG­I­TAL-IBM PART­NER­SHIP

The Stor­age So­lu­tion De­vel­oper and Man­u­fac­turer Ac­quired Pa­tents From the Big Blue and the Two Com­pa­nies Also Have En­tered into a Pa­tent Cross-Li­cense Agree­ment

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Western Dig­i­tal an­nounced that it has ac­quired more than 100 pa­tent as­sets from IBM. Th­ese in­clude pa­tents in dis­trib­uted stor­age, ob­ject stor­age, and emerg­ing non-volatile mem­ory. The com­pany ex­pects the IPs to fur­ther strengthen its tech­nol­ogy lead­er­ship po­si­tion, and drive value cre­ation for the com­pany and its cus­tomers.

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

“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,

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MARCH 2016 Gen­eral Man­ager, In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty for IBM.

The par­ties also en­tered into a pa­tent cross-li­cense agree­ment. Terms of the trans­ac­tion were, how­ever, not dis­closed.

Western Dig­i­tal cur­rently has a port­fo­lio of more than 10,000 pa­tents and pa­tent ap­pli­ca­tions, while IBM, which has led the an­nual list of U.S. pa­tent re­cip­i­ents for 23 con­sec­u­tive years, re­ceived 7,355 pa­tents in 2015.

“Dur­ing IBM’s 23 years atop the pa­tent list, the com­pany’s in­ven­tors have re­ceived more than 88,000 U.S. pa­tents. IBM’s in­vest­ments in R&D con­tinue to shape the fu­ture of com­put­ing through cog­ni­tive com­put­ing and the cloud plat­form that will help our clients drive trans­for­ma­tion across mul­ti­ple in­dus­tries. IBM’s pa­tent lead­er­ship demon­strates our un­par­al­leled com­mit­ment to the fun­da­men­tal R&D nec­es­sary to drive progress in busi­ness and so­ci­ety,” said Ginni Rometty, IBM Chair­man, Pres­i­dent and CEO, in a state­ment.

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