Memory giants settle patent battle

Rambus has settled a five-year legal dispute with Infineon over an alleged breach of its DRAM memory patents.

Rambus has settled a five-year legal dispute with Infineon over an alleged breach of its DRAM memory patents.

Rambus is still pursuing claims against other major memory manufacturers, which it claims have also breached its patents with their products.

As part of the deal Rambus has granted Infineon a worldwide licence to existing and future Rambus patents for use in Infineon memory products.

In exchange, Infineon will pay a quarterly licence fee of $5.85m (£3.25m) starting from November until November 2007.

After November 2007, and only if Rambus enters into additional specified licensing agreements with certain other DRAM manufacturers, Infineon will make additional quarterly payments which may accumulate up to a maximum of an additional $100m (£55.5m).

This condition has been included as both sides believe other DRAM suppliers alleged to have breached Rambus’ patents will now settle, as they will now have an idea as to how much it will cost to do so.

Both sides have also ended legal action concerning Rambus’ claim that Infineon was part of a conspiracy to prevent a Rambus memory standard being taken up by the industry.

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