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NVIDIA technology to get $1.5B licensing fees from Intel

Posted: 17 Jan 2011 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:licensing fees? cross-license? legal disputes?

NVIDIA has just announced that it has signed a new 6-year cross-licensing agreement with Intel. For the future use of NVIDIA's technology, Intel shall pay NVIDIA an aggregate of $1.5 billion in licensing fees payable in five annual installments, beginning Jan. 18, 2011. Additionally, both parties have also agreed to drop all outstanding legal disputes between them.

Under the new agreement, Intel will have continued access to NVIDIA's full range of patents. In return, NVIDIA shall receive an aggregate of $1.5 billion and retain use of Intel's patents, consistent with its existing 6-year agreement with Intel. This excludes Intel's proprietary processors, flash memory and certain chipsets for the Intel platform. The existing agreement will expire on March 31, 2011.

Pursuant to U.S. GAAP, a part of the proceeds shall be accounted for and attributed to the settlement of prior legal claims. The amount, which NVIDIA anticipates to be less than $100 million, shall be included in the company's Q4 results.

The balance of the licensing fees will be accounted for on a straight-line basis over the six-year term of the agreement. Accordingly it is anticipated that this would amount annually to approximately $233 million of operating income and an increase in net income of $0.29 per diluted share, on a full year basis.

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