Microsoft Praises Efforts of the USTR in China Negotiations

REDMOND, Wash., June 17, 1996 — Microsoft Corporation today praised the United States Trade Representative (USTR) for securing new commitments from the Chinese government to enforce the Intellectual Property Rights Agreement signed in February 1995.

“We appreciate the efforts of the USTR and are pleased that the two governments were able to come to an agreement addressing the serious problem of intellectual property piracy in China,”
said Bill Gates, Chairman and CEO of Microsoft.
“Microsoft will continue to work with industry partners and the Chinese government to eliminate software piracy at all levels and to help develop a world-class information technology industry in China.”

Reduction in piracy levels is key to the long term growth potential of the China market and will benefit all intellectual property-based industries, including local Chinese developers and entrepreneurs. Microsoft sees great potential for the development of a strong local software industry in China and is supporting this development by investing in products, people and infrastructure.

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