SST and Intel agree to settle a 17 month legal dispute

SST and Intel agree to settle a 17 month legal dispute
Tom Foremski
Silicon Storage Technology (SST) and Intel have agreed to settle a legal dispute that began in November of 1997.
The dispute concerned a battle over the rights to flash memory technologies and the settlement was reached after both companies agreed to a neutral mediator. The terms of the agreement were not revealed and will remain confidential. Both companies said they were pleased with the outcome.
Intel had sued SST claiming that it infringed four patents on flash memory technology. SST countersued saying that Intel filed the lawsuit after it failed to negotiate a cross technology licensing agreement. The situation is uncannily similar to Intel’s recent accidental filing of a lawsuit against Via Technologies with which it is in negotiations over a cross technology license agreement. Intel said the lawsuit papers had been prepared as a contingency measure if talks failed.


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