December 9, 1996 6:35 PM ET

Softbank buys into anti-virus software developer
By Margaret Kane

  Softbank Corp. has purchased 35 percent of anti-virus company Trend Micro Inc. for an undisclosed amount.

Trend Micro is a privately held company based in Tokyo with offices in Cupertino, Calif. The company, which develops server-based anti-virus software, has recently signed licensing deals with Netscape Communications Corp. and Sun Microsystems Inc. Trend Micro's technology is also included in Intel Corp.'s LANDesk Virus Protect software.

Softbank CEO Masayoshi Son said the investment was part of his company's strategy to "own and influence key parts of the Internet infrastructure."

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