Litigation update: "On July 3, 2007, the Company announced that it had filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas against eight companies for infringement of two U.S. patents (the “Compact ISA litigation”). The two patents at issue in the lawsuit are U.S. Patent No. 5,944,807 and U.S. Patent No. 6,098,141, both entitled “Compact ISA-Bus Interface”. The Company alleges that Advanced Micro Devices, Atmel Corporation, Broadcom Corporation (“Broadcom”), Renesas Technology America, Inc., Silicon Storage Technology, Inc., SMSC, STMicroelectronics and VIA Technologies, Inc. have infringed the patents by making, selling, and offering one or more of the following products: core logic chipsets, Super I/O devices, Trusted Platform Modules, certain flash memory devices, certain I/O controllers and other semiconductor products incorporating Compact ISA-Bus Interface technology. The Company has requested a jury trial in this matter.
In the quarter ended December 31, 2008, the Company reached settlements with two of the defendants in the Compact ISA litigation. The Company dismissed STMicroelectronics as the sale of the alleged infringing parts was insignificant. The Company settled and entered into a dismissal agreement with Broadcom, pursuant to which Broadcom agreed pay $1,000,000 to the Company in consideration for the Company’s agreement to dismiss its lawsuit against Broadcom. Pursuant to the terms of the dismissal agreement, Broadcom has an option to acquire a license from the Company for a period of forty-five days after receiving notice from the Company of trial completion. In January 2009, the Company reached settlement with two additional parties relating to the Compact ISA litigation. The Company dismissed Silicon Storage Technology, Inc. as the sales of the alleged infringing parts was insignificant. The Company also settled and entered into a dismissal agreement with Renesas, pursuant to which Renesas agreed to pay $750,000 to the Company in consideration for the Company’s agreement to dismiss its lawsuit against Renesas. Pursuant to the terms of the dismissal agreement, Renesas has an option to acquire a license from the Company for a period of forty-five days after receiving notice from the Company of trial completion."
Royalties from NVIDIA: "The Company had an arbitration hearing the last week of June 2008 with NVIDIA, as the Company believed NVIDIA breached the terms of the License Agreement. The Company was seeking payment for the past due quarters that OPTi believed NVIDIA continued to use the Pre-Snoop technology. The Company received the arbitrator ruling on September 19, 2008. In the ruling the arbitrator found that NVIDIA had continued to use the Pre-Snoop technology for the five quarters beginning February 1, 2007 to April 30, 2008, and that a change to the BIOS was a change to the infringing parts as per the License Agreement. The total award that the Company received from the arbitrator was $3,750,000 for quarterly royalties and $205,000 for interest on the award. The Company received the payment from NVIDIA in late October 2008. The ruling of the arbitrator may not be indicative of the Company’s ability to collect future royalties from NVIDIA."