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WiLAN Subsidiary Acquires Patent Portfolio from Panasonic

01 08 18

OTTAWA, Canada – January 8, 2018Wi-LAN Inc. (“WiLAN”), a Quarterhill Inc.(“Quarterhill”) company (TSX: QTRH) (NASDAQ: QTRH), today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Cetus Technologies, Inc., has acquired a portfolio of patents from Panasonic Corporation.


The portfolio relates to semiconductor memory technologies used in Dynamic Random Access Memory (“DRAM”) as well as NAND Flash Memory.  DRAM is used in markets that include PCs, Gaming, Mobile Handsets, Servers, Networking and Automotive.  NAND Flash Memory is used in markets that include Mobile Handsets, Solid State Drives, Flash Cards and USB Flash Drives. 


According to the information and analytics research firm IHS Markit, worldwide revenues in 2017 are expected to be $72.2 billion for the DRAM industry and $53.8 billion for the NAND Flash Memory industry.


All other terms of the agreement are confidential.


About WiLAN

WiLAN, a Quarterhill company, is one of the most successful patent licensing companies in the world and helps companies unlock the value of intellectual property by managing and licensing their patent portfolios.  The company operates in a variety of markets including automotive, digital television, Internet, medical, semiconductor and wireless communication technologies.  For more information:

About Quarterhill

Quarterhill is a diversified investment holding company focused on growing its business by acquiring technology companies in the Industrial Internet of Things segment across multiple verticals. Quarterhill targets companies with a broad range of products and services that capture, analyze and interpret data, and that have strong financial performance, excellent management teams, strong intellectual property underpinnings and significant opportunities to develop long-term recurring and growing revenue streams.  For more information:

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