SAN JOSE, Calif. Advanced Micro Devices Inc. on Tuesday (Feb. 22) purchased restricted shares in Patriot Scientific Corp. and licensed the company's intellectual property (IP) portfolio.
AMD (Sunnyvale, Calif.) obtained the rights to manufacture and sell the Patriot's Ignite 32-bit stack microprocessor and obtained rights to the "ShBoom" microprocessor patent portfolio in its entirety.
AMD is the first company to license the "ShBoom" microprocessor portfolio from Patriot (San Diego). Terms of
the agreements were not disclosed.
Last year, Patriot said it has sent notification to more than 150 additional companies of potential infringement of its microprocessor patent.
Patriot previously announced lawsuits filed against Sony, Fujitsu, Toshiba, NEC, and Matsushita. It has also traded suits with Intel Corp. The initial filings seek damages in excess of several hundred millions of dollars.
It's unclear if Patriot filed suit against AMD. Patriot's patents describe the principal means used by the microprocessor industry to increase the internal operating speed of modern microprocessors. The patent involved is U.S. Patent 5,809,336 (see April 23, 2004 story).