June 10, 2015 10:30 ET

WiLAN Partners with Major Japanese Company Funai

OTTAWA, CANADA--(Marketwired - June 10, 2015) - WiLAN (TSX:WIN) (NASDAQ:WILN), today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Onpa Technologies Inc., has acquired a portfolio of patented microphone technologies from Japanese electronics company, Funai Electric Co. Ltd. ("Funai").

Funai is a global manufacturer of consumer electronics such as TVs, DVD and Blu-ray recorders/players, as well as printers, and antennas. Funai manufactures products for major brands including Philips, Magnavox, Sanyo, Emerson, and Kodak.

The acquisition of this portfolio aligns with WiLAN's strategy to license valuable, high quality patents and to help companies and inventors, in diverse markets, unlock the value of their intellectual property.

"The purchase of these patents further diversifies WiLAN's business, and strengthens our position as a leading licensing partner to global electronics leaders, such as Funai," said Michael Vladescu, Chief Operating Officer, WiLAN. "Joining Panasonic and Rohm, Funai is the third major Japanese company to partner with WiLAN. We look forward to helping Funai generate a greater return on its investment in technology and innovation."

"We are pleased to have signed this agreement with WiLAN," said Mr.Joji Okada, Director & Officer, Funai. "WiLAN's strong licensing track record, financial stability, and ongoing investment in research and development were important factors in selecting them as our licensing partner."

About WiLAN

WiLAN 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. WiLAN's wholly-owned subsidiary, WiLAN Labs, develops and commercializes innovative solutions to the challenges facing next generation communication networks. Founded in 1992, WiLAN is listed on the TSX and NASDAQ and is included in the S&P/TSX Dividend and Dividend Aristocrats Indexes. For more information: www.wilan.com.

Forward-looking Information

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  • Tyler Burns
    Director, Investor Relations
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