Western Digital Renews Patent Cross-License Agreement with Samsung

Western Digital, a provider of storage technologies and solutions, signed a definitive royalty-bearing agreement with Samsung Electronics to renew the cross-license of the two companies’ semiconductor patent portfolios.

The terms of the renewed agreement are retroactive to the end date of the prior agreement, which expired on Aug. 14. The renewed agreement will run through Dec. 31, 2024.

The agreement includes rights to each party’s patents broadly covering multi-level cell flash memory and flash storage systems.

The original agreement, which dates back to 1997 and had been renewed twice before, had permitted Samsung to use patented flash memory technologies invented by SanDisk, which Western Digital acquired in May 2016. Financial terms of the renewed agreement were not disclosed.

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