LONDON – The insolvency administrator of Qimonda AG has put the patent portfolio of the now defunct German memory chip maker up for sale.
This includes the patent administration, exploitation and licensing of more than 7,500 patents and patent applications worldwide. The protected inventions relate to semiconductor, computer and communications industries, the administrator said.
"The patent portfolio is the result of decades of outstanding world-class R&D work," said Qimonda insolvency administrator Michael Jaffe, in a statement. "Given the increasing importance of patents for the competition in the global high-tech industry the Qimonda portfolio provides a unique opportunity for the purchaser to significantly improve its level of protection."
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