Intel Pays AMD $1.25 Billion To End All Antitrust and IP Disputes

AMD and Intel haven't been the best of friends over the years. Like any true rivalry, the two have seen things differently for about as long as we can remember, and today things have seemingly come to a head. Way back in 2005, AMD filed an antitrust case against Intel for their anti-competitive actions in the processor market. Of course, that's not the only battle the two outfits have seen in court, and it looks as if Intel is just tired of paying its lawyers as this whole debate draws out.

Today, the two companies are announcing that "all" antitrust and IP disputes between the two are done and over with. Just like that. The reason? Intel has agreed to pay AMD a staggering $1.25 billion dollars, and while we've heard that money won't buy happiness, it obviously solves major legal problems with ease. According to AMD's release, the two have "announced a comprehensive agreement to end all outstanding legal disputes between the companies, including antitrust litigation and patent cross license disputes." That sounds pretty clear-cut to us, and in some weird way, we're a little sad that this battle is over. What will the world do with AMD and Intel not punching each other in front of a judge? Here is the full announcement from both companies:

AMD and Intel Announce Settlement of All Antitrust and IP Disputes

SUNNYVALE/SANTA CLARA, Calif. --11/12/2009 

Intel Corporation and Advanced Micro Devices (NYSE: AMD) today announced a comprehensive agreement to end all outstanding legal disputes between the companies, including antitrust litigation and patent cross license disputes.

In a joint statement the two companies commented, "While the relationship between the two companies has been difficult in the past, this agreement ends the legal disputes and enables the companies to focus all of our efforts on product innovation and development."

Under terms of the agreement, AMD and Intel obtain patent rights from a new 5-year cross license agreement, Intel and AMD will give up any claims of breach from the previous license agreement, and Intel will pay AMD $1.25 billion. Intel has also agreed to abide by a set of business practice provisions. As a result, AMD will drop all pending litigation including the case in U.S. District Court in Delaware and two cases pending in Japan. AMD will also withdraw all of its regulatory complaints worldwide. The agreement will be made public in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Via:  Intel
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