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Intel® Standards – Patent Licensing Practices

Intel patent licensing practices for industry specifications and standards

Intel participates in a wide range of standards and industry specification development groups and regulatory bodies ("Industry Groups"). Intel participates in Industry Groups to advance our business interests, to support our customers, and to encourage growth in our industry.

We are providing this document in the interest of addressing some common questions about our Industry Specifications and Standards patent licensing practices.

The following practice document applies when Intel has committed to license its patents when required by such Industry Groups. This practice does not apply in cases where Intel provides formal objection to a specification pursuant to the Industry Group rules, nor to specifications developed after Intel withdraws from an Industry Group.

Patent searches and disclosure statements

If the Industry Group rules require our representatives to periodically assess whether Intel may have essential patents, any statements made by our representatives are made in their personal capacity only. Unless otherwise agreed to by Intel in writing, Intel does not perform searches of Intel patents for essential patents.

If an Intel employee does not disclose a patent that later proves to be essential, Intel commits to license that patent under the same terms and conditions as were specified by Intel for disclosed patents.

Election of licensing model

Where applicable, if Intel does not elect an alternative licensing option prior to an Industry Group's publication of an adopted specification for which Intel participated in the development, Intel agrees, subject to reciprocity, to license Intel-controlled patent claims necessarily infringed by parties who implement such adopted specification, pursuant to the rules and policies of the Industry Group. The scope of such licenses will be limited to the extent necessary to comply with the specification, and will be granted under otherwise reasonable terms and conditions that are demonstrably free of unfair discrimination.

Licensing practices general terms

License terms are granted to similarly situated licensees who are willing to grant Intel a reciprocal license on reasonable and nondiscriminatory terms.

A license from Intel will typically include the following:

  • It will be nonexclusive and limited to the extent necessary to comply with the specification. It will not extend to any part, function, or method that is not required to implement or comply with the applicable specification.
  • It applies only to patents that we have a right to license without paying compensation to any other party.
  • We expect a licensee to grant us a license to their patent claims necessary to comply with the specification.
  • Intel reserves the right to suspend or cancel Intel’s patent license in defending itself, its customers, and/or its distributors against patent assertions by a licensee.

Other general terms

  • The above terms are subject to change at any time.
  • A license under any Intel patent does not include any assurance or representation that a license under the patents of others is or is not necessary.

Inquiring about obtaining a patent license

If you are interested in inquiring about a patent license from Intel, please send or email us a non-confidential description of your business and business plan(s) for the products you are interested in licensing to the address below (in the absence of a written NDA executed by Intel, any unsolicited materials provided to us shall be deemed non-confidential and in the public domain):

Intel Corporation
5200 NE Elam Young Parkway
MS: JF2-98
Hillsboro, Oregon 97124
ATTN: Standards Licensing Department
Email: standards.licensing@intel.com