Brief: SanDisk, TDK sign flash memory card agreement
Sunnyvale, Calif.-based SanDisk Corp. and Tokyo - headquartered TDK Corp., disclosed that the
two flash memory manufacturers have signed a worldwide cross-licensing patent agreement that
encompasses both TDK's flash memory card products and SanDisk's flash memory integrated circuits
and flash memory card products.
The patent agreement licenses
to TDK's patents covering the design and manufacture of flash memory integrated circuits and card
products. In return, TDK is licensed to SanDisk's patents covering the design and manufacture of
licensed flash card products. According to a joint press release, both companies have global rights
to use these patents in the licensed product areas. The specific terms of the SanDisk and TDK
patent agreement are confidential.