AMD: Not Violating Intel Cross-Licencing Agreements

AMD and The Foundry Company not doing anything they shouldn't

After AMD announced its split into The Foundry Company (in collaboration with ATIC) and a leaner, hopefully meaner, CPU and GPU design outfit last week, Intel’s Chuck Mulloy commented that the company had some concerns. AMD’s Phil Hughes, speaking to eWeek, has countered such allegations, saying that AMD is not violating any agreement with Intel.

?We are completely confident the structure of this transaction takes into account our cross-license agreements,? commented Hughes. ?Rest assured ? we plan to continue respecting Intel?s intellectual property rights, just as we expect them to respect ours.?

However, Hughes also said that, while AMD is confident it isn’t violating its cross-licensing agreement with Intel “it’s a business document and we are not going to negotiate this in the press or the media“. “This is something that the lawyers have to work out.”

It seems likely, then, that the majority of interaction in this matter is going to be out of the public domain – although inevitably we’ll find out the end result of any discussion between the companies. If AMD is violating the license, current speculation is that the two companies would reach some manner of agreement as regards AMD’s anti-trust case against Intel.

Frankly, as long as we consumers aren’t adversely affected by these shenanigans, then there’s nothing to worry about, really.

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