Rambus has signed an amendment to its current patent license agreement with Qimonda AG, a manufacturer of memory products.
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 cooperation between our two
companies," said Robert Feurle, vice president Business Unit Specialty DRAM
of Qimonda AG. "We look forward to collaborating with Rambus to develop
state-of-the-art memory products for the high-volume computing and consumer
"Beyond the patent license, 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. "Together,
our teams can provide the advanced memory solutions that enrich the
experience of end-users worldwide."
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.