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TEL obtains MMP portfolio license

Posted: 11 Feb 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Moore Microprocessor Patent Portfolio license? Tokyo Electron? design techniques?

A Moore Microprocessor Patent portfolio license has been purchased by Tokyo Electron Ltd (TEL) from The TPL Group. TEL manufactures and sells semiconductor and LCD production equipment, as well as computer systems.

"Tokyo Electron is the fourth MMP portfolio licensee since TPL announced the settlement with all remaining defendants in the MMP patent infringement case in mid-December," said Rick Schuette, VP for intellectual property at Alliacense, a TPL Group Enterprise executing design and implementation of IP licensing programs. "The momentum of our licensing program is definitely accelerating as companies weigh those benefits versus the possibility of supply chain disruptions."

The wide scope of applications using MMP portfolio design techniques continues to encourage manufacturers of end-user products to become MMP portfolio licensees. Since January 2006, over 30 global companies from the United States, Europe, Japan, Korea and Taiwan have purchased MMP Portfolio licenses.

The MMP portfolio patents, filed by The TPL Group in the 1980s, cover techniques that enable higher-performance and lower-cost designs, and are fundamental to consumer and commercial digital systems ranging from DVD players, cellphones and portable music players to communications infrastructure, medical equipment and automobiles, which today have dozens of microprocessor-based key features and benefits.

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