Star Micronics signs patent licensing agreement with Microsoft

REDMOND, Wash., and SHIZUOKA, Japan — Nov. 9, 2015 — Microsoft Technology Licensing LLC and Star Micronics Co. Ltd. on Monday signed a worldwide patent licensing agreement that provides broad coverage under Microsoft’s patent portfolio for Star Micronics’ Android-based commercial printers and computing devices.

“The addition of Star Micronics to our Android licensing program demonstrates the global value this portfolio continues to hold for companies of all sizes,” said Nick Psyhogeos, president of Microsoft Technology Licensing. “Building upon Microsoft innovation allows our partners to deliver state-of-the art technology for customers around the world.”

“Star Micronics has a reputation for innovation and leadership within the industries in which we operate. This patent agreement will allow us to continue to provide high-quality products to our customers, as well as develop new solutions that build upon Microsoft intellectual property,” said Takayuki Aoki, Director and Executive officer, Special Products Div. at Star Micronics.

Contents of the agreement will not be disclosed.

Microsoft’s commitment to licensing IP

The patent agreement 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, the company has entered into more than 1,200 licensing agreements. More information about Microsoft’s licensing programs is available at

About Star Micronics Co. Ltd.

Established in 1950, Star Micronics, Co. Ltd. is a supplier of small printers, machine tools, and precision parts.

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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