Intergraph settles with Texas Instruments

Intergraph Corporation and Texas Instruments have reached an out-of court settlement which has resolved the patent disputes between the two companies.

Intergraph Corporation and Texas Instruments (TI) have reached an out-of court settlement which has resolved the patent disputes between the two companies.

As part of the settlement, TI will take a patent license to three Intergraph patents which define key aspects of parallel instruction computing (PIC).

The license establishes a royalty rate to be paid by TI for the use of Intergraph’s PIC technology in its TMS320C6000 family of processors.

However, pursuant to the terms of the license, TI has elected to prepay the royalty as a one-time, lump sum payment of $18 million.

Intergraph’s intellectual property (IP) division filed a lawsuit on January 30, 2003 charging that its patented PIC technology is an essential component of the TI family of Digital Signal Processors (DSP) marketed under the name TMS320C6000 and, therefore, that these TI products were infringing Intergraph’s PIC patents.

TI filed two separate countersuits against Intergraph on May 5 and May 9, 2003, alleging patent infringement of eight patents against a variety of Intergraph products.

The settlement, which was reached on September 10, resolves TI’s current, and any prospective, patent claims against Intergraph.