Sisvel Spa Opens a New Office in Japan: SISVEL JAPAN

    TOKYO, March 21 /CNW/ - Sisvel Spa, a multinational company with
headquarters in Italy specializing in the protection and exploitation of
intellectual property rights, announces the opening in Tokyo of SISVEL JAPAN,
KK. The new company started operations on February 9th and has its offices on
the 9th floor of the Imperial Hotel Tower, in the area where some of the most
important Japanese companies are based. The official opening took place on
March 16th when the top management from the multinational company was
introduced to the press and a number of prestigious members of the Japanese
business community. The event was a success and was arranged with the
invaluable assistance of JETRO (Japan External Trade Organisation) who helped
Sisvel in establishing the new company. The gala was attended by several
managers of some of the most important Japanese consumer electronics companies
and by the Italian Minister Counsellor, Mr. Aldo Amati.

    Mr. Toshifumi Futamata has been selected as the CEO of the new company.
Mr. Futamata is a manager who has gained experience over the years in one of
the most prestigious company in the electronics sector: Matsushita Electric
Industrial (Panasonic). During his more than 30 years with Panasonic, a point
of reference for Japan's economy, Mr. Futamata worked his way up the corporate
ladder. He was in charge of managing the first Singapore office for mobile
communications and was later appointed as Chief Licensing Specialist leading
the company's mobile telephone licensing program.

    The mission of SISVEL JAPAN is to promote in Japan the opportunities
offered by intellectual property, thus assisting Sisvel Spa in the quest of
new business opportunities and future licensing programs. At the same time,
SISVEL JAPAN will assist Sisvel in identifying within Japan new potential
licensees interested in Sisvel's patent portfolio.

    SISVEL JAPAN becomes the newest member of a group that since 1982 works
on protecting inventions and research and development investments with offices
in China (Sisvel Hong Kong, Ltd.), the United States (Audio MPEG, Inc.) and
Europe (Sisvel Spa together with representative offices in Germany.)

    Sisvel has worked from its earliest beginnings with most, if not all, of
the largest Japanese companies in the electronics sector specializing in the
manufacturing of television sets, decoders, digital TV, DVD players, MP3
players, such as Toshiba, Sony, and Panasonic. As of today, Sisvel has among
its licensees the main producers in the world of consumer electronics, such as
Apple, Nokia, and Motorola for a total of more than 800 licensees. Microsoft
is one of the most recent companies to be licensed by Sisvel under the MPEG
audio compression patents.

For further information:

For further information: SISVEL JAPAN K.K Toshifumi Futamata,
+81-3-5251-9500 Fax: +81-3-5251-9505

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