Western Digital and IBM Announce Patent Acquisition

Western Digital
Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) announced that it has acquired more than 100 patent assets from IBM (NYSE: IBM). The parties also entered into a patent cross-license agreement.

Terms 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.

IBM has led the annual list of U.S. patent recipients for 23 consecutive years. More information about IBM’s patent leadership is available at: http://ibm.co/1hLSj8W.

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