Intel, IDT patent each other on the back

Intel, IDT patent each other on the back

Intel and IDT have signed a cross-licensing agreement so that, with some exceptions, they can use intellectual property covered by each other's patents, the chip companies announced yesterday.

Under the terms of the agreement, Intel will also pay IDT $US20.5 million for the licences. Other details on the arrangement remain confidential, Intel said in a statement.

The licensing arrangement applies over the life span of the relevant patents and also means that any previous patent infringement by either company is no longer an issue, Intel said.

IDT said last week that it will sell its x86 chip business to Intel rival Via Technologies. The two companies -- IDT and Via -- also agreed on a patent cross-licensing deal. IDT announced its intention to quit the Intel clone business in June of this year.

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