AMD filed a Form 8-K with the SEC informing the Agency of a cross-licensing dispute between AMD and Intel. However, in discussions with Ars, AMD also insisted that neither the company nor Globalfoundries actually need the cross-licensing agreement to design or manufacture x86-compatible microprocessors. This is a surprising statement that runs counter to the general understanding of what the AMD/Intel Cross-Licensing agreement allows or contains. Has Intel`s ownership/throttling on the right to manufacture x86 processors been widely misinterpreted for years? To get more patents, the agreement explicitly states that Intel will have access to any patent filed before or on March 31, 2017, I swear people here are not willing to read public documents that don`t fit their bias. Overall, while possible complications with a cross-licensing agreement between AMD and Intel could be an issue for potential AMD investors, Intel is not immune to similar complications. We asked Silverman why AMD kept its agreement with ATIC confidential. “AMD would like to make the entire agreement public if Intel abandons its insistence on secrecy with respect to its proprietary business practices under the guise of confidentiality that it imposed on evidence as part of the U.S. civil cartel proceeding,” Silverman told Ars. “There is no business reason to keep these documents secret; It`s simply a way for Intel to try to cover up its illegal behavior. -edit: as pointed out by /u/semitope; in 3.4 &3.5, the agreement is based on the community of commands, opcodes, etc. In the early 1980s, two of the most influential pioneers in the computer industry were in big change. Intel pulled out of the memory chip industry and reinvented itself as a microprocessor manufacturer; IBM made its breakthrough in personal computers after denying for years the inevitable death of the mainframe. IBM`s PC development team broke with the company`s tradition of developing complete solutions in-house by deciding to outsource most parts and components for the first model.
At a time when the microprocessor market was still cluttered with a multitude of competing architectures, IBM chose IBM`s 8086 processor as the “brain” of its computer. IBM, however, required Intel to find a second-source supplier because production had to be guaranteed and it was too risky to rely on a single company as the sole source of its chips. See Fred Warshofsky, The Patent Wars: The Battle to Own the World`s Technology 134 (1994). Intel turned to Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), a startup chip maker founded by other Fairchild Semiconductor alumni. In 1982, the companies signed a technology exchange agreement that the Ninth Circle described as “a second de facto mutual purchase agreement”: if one party wanted to market parts that the other party had developed, it could offer parts it had developed in exchange. Intel Corp. v. Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., 12 F.3d 909, 910 (9th Cir. 1993).
Tags AMD Change of Control Cross License Intel IP News Patents Intel cannot manufacture and sell its own GPU with AMD IP, many people read the front page of the agreement and ignore the actual content where is better defined what Intel can do. There will be quarterly meetings between companies to address differences of opinion with agreed mediation and arbitration procedures. “We will settle [these disputes] as businessmen and not through the courts,” he said. Intel`s dispute with AMD has become an ongoing burden for both parties. Until 1994, Intel had navigated arbitration on its long way to the California Supreme Court. The Supreme Court granted AMD “a permanent, non-exclusive, free license for any Intel intellectual property embodied in the Am386” and “a two-year extension of certain patent and copyright licenses.”