Rambus tightens patent deal with Qimonda
Rambus has signed an amendment to its current patent license agreement with memory maker Qimonda that will limit the use that any acquirer of Qimonda could make of the patents.
This amendment extends the minimum term of the original patent license agreement, but specifies that in the event Infineon ceases to control or otherwise own a majority of Qimonda shares, certain competitors would not accede to the license upon their acquisition of control of Qimonda or a majority of Qimonda shares. The amendment further provides that any such acquirer would generally not acquire the benefit of a release from Rambus for past damages, including past infringement of Rambus’ patent portfolio.
“This amendment paves the way for further co-operation between our two companies,” claimed Robert Feurle, vice president of Qimonda.
“Beyond the patent licence, we are working with Qimonda on leadership products, such as the XDR memory architecture,” said Sharon Holt, senior vice president of worldwide sales, licensing and marketing at Rambus. Infineon and Rambus signed the original patent license agreement in March 2005. This patent license agreement was followed by a technology license for the XDR memory architecture signed by Qimonda and Rambus in January 2007.