Intel and NVIDIA resolve all outstanding patent disputes


Intel and NVIDIA have reached a $1.5 billion long-term cross-license agreement on a series of patent infringements, according to a joint statement released today.

“This agreement ends the legal dispute between the companies, preserves patent peace and provides protections that allow for continued freedom in product design,” said Doug Melamed, Intel senior vice president and general counsel. “It also enables the companies to focus their efforts on innovation and the development of new, innovative products.”

The foundation of the agreement states that all previous breaches and claims are released between the two companies as Intel pays NVIDIA $100 million out of their fourth-quarter profits from 2010, with the remaining money to be worked out of Intel’s quarterly profits between now and 2016.

This is only one out of a series of patent claims between technology giants over the last few years, but it’s good to see the two companies put aside their differences for the sake of forward progress – and for only the small price in billions of inflated dollars.


Intel Announces New Patent Cross License Agreement with NVIDIA

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Jan. 10, 2011 – Intel Corporation today announced that it has entered into a new comprehensive long-term patent cross license agreement with NVIDIA. The companies have also resolved pending litigation in Chancery Court in Wilmington, Del., ending all outstanding legal disputes between the companies.

“This agreement ends the legal dispute between the companies, preserves patent peace and provides protections that allow for continued freedom in product design,” said Doug Melamed, Intel senior vice president and general counsel. “It also enables the companies to focus their efforts on innovation and the development of new, innovative products.”

Under the transaction, Intel receives a license to NVIDIA’s patents subject to the terms of the agreement. NVIDIA receives a license to Intel’s patents subject to the terms of the agreement, including that x86 and certain other products are not licensed to NVIDIA under the agreement. Intel and NVIDIA have also exchanged broad releases for all legal claims, including any claims of breach of their previous license agreement. Intel will pay NVIDIA $1.5 billion over the next 5 years. This obligation will be recognized as a liability totaling approximately $1.4 billion, on a discounted basis. Intel recognized an expense of $100 million in the fourth-quarter of 2010, classified as “marketing, general and administrative.” The remaining amount, approximately $1.3 billion, will be recognized as an intangible asset in the first quarter of 2011 and will be amortized into cost of sales over future periods.With the exception of one agreement term that is confidential, the agreement will be made available in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and can be viewed at www.intel.com/pressroom/legal.


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