In what could be one of the closing chapters in a long-lasting saga, Intel Corporation and Advanced Micro Devices today announced a comprehensive agreement to end all outstanding legal disputes between the companies, including antitrust litigation and patent cross license disputes.
In a joint statement, the two companies commented, "While the relationship between the two companies has been difficult in the past, this agreement ends the legal disputes and enables the companies to focus all of our efforts on product innovation and development."
Under terms of the agreement:
- AMD and Intel obtain patent rights from a new 5-year cross license agreement
- Intel and AMD will give up any claims of breach from the previous license agreement
- Intel will pay AMD $1.25 billion.
- Intel agrees to abide by a set of business practice provisions.
As a result, AMD will drop all pending litigation including the case in U.S. District Court in Delaware and two cases pending in Japan. AMD will also withdraw all of its regulatory complaints worldwide. The agreement will be made public in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Let it snow let it snow.
How much of the 1.25b is left after AMD has to pay their lawyers?
-Homer (except he said Beer)
So does this mean that Intel is off the hook for all the anti-competitive crap they've been getting in trouble with over the last year or so... If so, $1.25 billion sounds on the light side... didn't they give Dell $6 billion over a period of 5 years?