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Michael Hartogs, Former Qualcomm Senior Vice President Joins Acorn Technologies Board of Directors

LA JOLLA, Calif., May 4, 2017 – Acorn Technologies, Inc., a provider of performance enhancing semiconductor and mobile computing innovations, today announced that Michael Hartogs, former Senior Vice President of Qualcomm, has joined Acorn’s Board of Directors. Mr. Hartogs is a leading patent licensing, legal and business development executive with extensive knowledge and experience in the telecommunications and semiconductor industries.

“We are happy to welcome Mike to Acorn Technologies’ Board of Directors,” said Tom Horgan, CEO of Acorn Technologies. “He has been an instrumental advisor to our business since 2015, when we closed our first license, and continues to bring significant, complementary leadership skills including experience in technology licensing, patent portfolio strategy, and legal planning. Mike is one of the foremost IP licensing experts in the world and will provide a valuable resource as we scale the company and focus on our next chapter of growth.”

“Mike is a visionary in the Telecommunications industry and we are excited to welcome him to Acorn Technologies’ board of directors,” said Peter Norton, Chairman of Acorn Technologies.

Mr. Hartogs will be assisting Acorn Technologies to bring its telecom IP cores and semiconductor process technology to global semiconductor and chip design companies for next-generation mobile and wireless devices.

“Given my long involvement with successful technology and IP licensing companies in the past, it was clear to me when I met the Acorn Technologies team that the ingredients for tremendous success are in place. I have been impressed with Acorn Technologies’ talented team, innovative technologies, and unique solutions and look forward to working closely with them to help drive further strategic growth and value from Acorn’s significant portfolio of IP,” said Mike Hartogs.

Michael D. (Mike) Hartogs is a former Qualcomm senior vice president and lead counsel for Qualcomm’s Technology Licensing (QTL) business. Mr. Hartogs spent 12 years as the Division Counsel leading Qualcomm’s patent licensing activities and headed the legal team involved in all of Qualcomm’s 3G and 4G licensing deals, helping QTL become one of the most successful patent licensing businesses in the world. He was also a key advisor for many of Qualcomm’s non-licensing strategic transactions and acquisitions.  In addition, Mr. Hartogs served as a company spokesman involved in advocacy matters relating to technology licensing before government agencies in the U.S., Asia and Europe. Learn more about Mr. Hartogs background.

About Acorn Technologies
Acorn Technologies has a significant portfolio of technologies that address technology performance at the base of the semiconductor and telecom markets. These include improved silicon strain and low contact resistance technologies to improve semiconductor transistor performance, as well as spectral efficiency, interference rejection, and enhanced location based IP for 4G/5G wireless. With nearly 200 patents issued and applied for in the fields of semiconductor process and wireless communication, Acorn Technologies is bringing innovation and IP to address the fundamental building blocks for high performance mobile computing, wireless and IoT semiconductor devices. For more information, visit