Apple, Spansion Deal Counts As Patent License: Judge

Law360, New York (July 29, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT) -- Flash memory manufacturer Spansion Inc. can't chuck a patent licensing agreement with Apple Inc. that became embroiled in bankruptcy proceedings and U.S. International Trade Commission litigation, a Delaware federal judge ruled Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Robert B. Kugler reversed a bankruptcy court decision, finding that a prebankruptcy letter Spansion and Apple signed agreeing to drop litigation over disputed flash memory patents — an agreement Spansion later abandoned during its bankruptcy — amounted to a license of those patents.

"In exchange for Apple's promise not to 'disbar'...
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