Patent Portfolio Isn't Just for Computers CARLSBAD, Calif. â August 29, 2007 â
Patriot Scientific announced today that the LEGO Group has purchased a license to the Moore Microprocessor Patent (MMP) portfolio. Marking its 75th year in business this month, LEGO has emerged as the world's sixth largest manufacturer of toys, including the MindStorms programmable robots.
"We're delighted with the idea that our technology has enabled LEGO to develop such wonderful educational toys," said Patriot Scientific CEO Jim Turley. "It highlights just how far computer technology has come, that it now appears in everything from playthings to personal computers. Our patented technology is truly ubiquitous. Coincidentally, our company's headquarters is across the street from LEGOLAND California, so LEGO is near to us in the literal sense as well."
LEGO becomes the 21st licensee of the company's fundamental patent portfolio and the fourth in Europe, after Nokia (Finland), Bull (France), and Schneider Electric (Germany). Previously announced licensees include such global corporations as Intel, AMD, Hewlett Packard, Casio, Fujitsu, Sony, Nikon, Seiko Epson, Pentax, Olympus, Kenwood, Agilent, Lexmark, NEC Corporation, Funai Electric, SanDisk and the Sharp Corporation. About Patriot Scientific
Patriot Scientific is a leading intellectual-property licensing company that develops, markets, and enables innovative technologies that satisfy the demands of fast-growing markets for wireless devices, smart cards, home appliances, network gateways, set-top boxes, entertainment technology, automotive telematics, biomedical devices, industrial controllers and more. Headquartered in Carlsbad, Calif., information about the company can be found at www.ptsc.com
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. About the LEGO Group
The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company based in Billund, Denmark. It was founded in 1932 and today is one of the world's leading manufacturers of play materials for children. The LEGO Group is committed to the development of children's creative and imaginative abilities through its products, which can be purchased in more than 130 countries, and its employees are guided by the motto adopted in the 1930s by founder Ole Kirk Christiansen: "Only the best is good enough." For more information, visit www.LEGO.com
. About the MMP Portfolio
The Moore Microprocessor Patent (MMP) Portfolio contains intellectual property that is jointly owned by the privately-held TPL Group and publicly-held Patriot Scientific Corporation (OTCBB: PTSC). The portfolio includes seven U.S. patents as well as their European and Japanese counterparts. It is becoming widely recognized that these patents protect fundamental technology used in designing microprocessors, microcontrollers, digital signal processors (DSPs), embedded processors and system-on-chip (SoC) devices. The MMP portfolio is exclusively managed by Alliacense, a TPL Group Enterprise.