Microsoft and ELECOM’s new partnership means more innovative business solutions for customers

REDMOND, Wash., and OSAKA-SHI, Japan — May 11, 2016 — On Wednesday, ELECOM CO. LTD. and Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC announced that they will be partnering on a range of business solutions for customers including network attached storage (NAS) and tablets.

“We’re pleased to announce a new patent collaboration with ELECOM that will ultimately deliver more innovative technologies to customers,” said Nick Psyhogeos, president of Microsoft Technology Licensing. “This partnership is an example of how the mutually respectful and beneficial exchange of technology can empower businesses and consumers to achieve more.”

“Our agreement with Microsoft will allow us to connect customers to devices with better usability,” said Koji Kajiura, managing director, Products Development, ELECOM. “Collaborative licensing partnerships like this one improve the user experience for our customers by offering them more innovative and value-added products.”

ELECOM is a global manufacturer of peripheral and accessory products for personal computers, smartphones, tablet PCs and other digital devices for the home and small businesses.

Microsoft’s commitment to innovation

Microsoft is committed to the exchange of technology, collaboration and licensing as a way to deliver even more innovative products to customers. This partnership is another example of the important role intellectual property (IP) plays in ensuring a healthy and vibrant technology ecosystem. Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, it has entered into more than 1,200 licensing agreements. More information about Microsoft’s licensing programs is available at http://www.microsoft.com/iplicensing.

About ELECOM CO. LTD.

Established in 1986, ELECOM has been leading the digital equipment accessories markets in Japan for years. With subsidiaries in Korea, China, Hong Kong, India and Singapore, ELECOM also has a worldwide network of business partners, enabling the availability of ELECOM products globally.

About Microsoft Technology Licensing

Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC was formed in 2014 to acquire, manage and license Microsoft’s patent portfolio.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

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