CUPERTINO, Calif. – July 6, 2007 – Alliacense today announced that Bull (Euronext Paris: BUL.PA) a major information technology company that develops Intel and IBM Power based servers and software, has purchased a Moore Microprocessor Patent™ (MMP) Portfolio license from The TPL Group. Bull joins a roster of 17 other global system manufacturers that have purchased licenses over the past 18 months.
“We welcome Bull to our outstanding roster of MMP licensees,” said Mike Davis, Senior Vice President, Licensing for Alliacense. He noted that licensing activity has increased in the past few weeks as TPL’s success in the recent Markman ruling has become known.
On June 15, 2007, the US District Court in the Eastern District of Texas issued a Markman ruling that confirmed the strength and broad scope of the Moore Microprocessor Patent™ (MMP) Portfolio. Alliacense has established a highly successful licensing program in which royalty rates increase significantly over time as the number of licensees grows and uncertainties regarding the patented MMP technology are resolved.
About the MMP Portfolio
The Moore Microprocessor Patent Portfolio contains intellectual property that is jointly owned by the privately-held TPL Group and publicly-held Patriot Scientific Corporation (OTCBB: PTSC). The portfolio includes seven U.S. patents as well as their European and Japanese counterparts. It is becoming widely recognized that the jointly-owned patents protect fundamental technology used in designing microprocessors, microcontrollers, digital signal processors (DSPs), embedded processors and system-on-chip (SoC) devices. The MMP Portfolio is exclusively managed by Alliacense, a TPL Group Enterprise.
About Bull, Architect of an Open World
As one of the leading European IT companies, Bull delivers open, flexible and secure information systems. The group helps public and private sector customers transform their information systems, applying its know-how and expertise in three main areas:
- Capitalizing on its extensive mainframe experience, Bull designs and produces robust, innovative and open servers, based on industry-standard technologies;
- Building on its alliances with leading ISVs, Bull develops and implements flexible and interoperable application infrastructures which give business processes the freedom to evolve;
- Bringing together recognized expertise in end-to-end IT security, Bull secures data and exchanges that are so critical in preserving customers’ business integrity.
Bull has a particularly strong presence in the public, healthcare, finance, telecommunications, manufacturing and defense sectors. Its distribution network and business partners cover more than 60 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.bull.com.
About Alliacense, Managing Intellectual Property Partnerships
Alliacense is a TPL Group Enterprise executing best-in-class design and implementation of Intellectual Property (IP) licensing programs. As a cadre of IP licensing strategists, technology experts, and experienced business development/management executives, Alliacense focuses on expanding the awareness and value of TPL’s IP portfolios. Founded in 1988, The TPL Group has emerged as a coalition of high technology enterprises involved in the development, management and commercialization of proprietary product technologies as well as the design, manufacture and sales of proprietary products based on those technologies and corresponding IP assets. For more information, visit www.alliacense.com.
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