March 23, 2005 – A five-year legal dispute between Rambus and Infineon Technologies AG ended yesterday with a multimillion-dollar licensing agreement between the two companies. Under terms of the agreement, Infineon will pay $5.85 million each quarter to Rambus for two years starting Nov. 15.
The settlement gives Infineon full use of the Rambus Inc. patent portfolio. Rambus Inc. has granted Infineon a worldwide license to company patents and applications for use in Infineon memory products.
Infineon spokesman Christoph Liedtke said that after the company’s recent victory in U.S. District Court in Richmond, it was in a “very favorable position to negotiate a licensing agreement.” A Rambus spokesman agreed. Liedtke said that that the two companies had found “a common ground. The base was there to negotiate the settlement. We can now fully focus on our core business activities and customers.”