Ramtron, NatSemi Settle 13-Year Chip Patent Dispute

Law360, New York (April 7, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Chip makers Ramtron International Corp. and National Semiconductor Corp. have settled a U.S. patent interference dispute that dates back to 1991 in a deal that includes payments of $2.5 million to National Semi, Ramtron said Wednesday.

As part of the agreement, Ramtron will pay National Semi ten annual payments of $250,000, according to the company.

In a far-reaching licensing agreement, Ramtron and National Semi agreed to cross license any and all future patents that may mature from the four applications at no additional cost to either...
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