Tessera to License MEMS AF Patents to O-Film

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Business Wire: Tessera signes a non-binding letter of intent (LOI) with Shenzhen, China O-Film Tech Co. for the sale of certain patents and equipment assets related to Tessera’s wholly-owned subsidiary DigitalOptics Corporation (“DOC”). In addition, the LOI contemplates a patent license agreement related to MEMS and camera module technology, as well as a license agreement related to certain software features of Tessera’s FotoNation business. The LOI also contemplates that O-Film will assume or sublease DigitalOptics’ facility lease in Arcadia, California. Additionally, both Tessera and O-Film are working towards establishing a long-term collaborative relationship between the two companies.

"This transaction with O-Film will enable us to continue to focus on our core competencies in IP licensing and imaging and we are pleased to have identified such a high-quality partner as O-Film for these valuable imaging assets," said Thomas Lacey, Tessera CEO. "O-Film is a leading developer of optical components and digital cameras in China. We are hopeful that a final agreement can be reached, and look forward to working with O-Film in the future."

The total consideration for this transaction is $50M. O-Film made an initial deposit of $5M in connection with the signing of the LOI, which will be credited towards the total consideration. The balance of $45M is to be paid upon closing of the transaction. O-Film will pay the purchase price with its cash at hand.

Thanks to SF for forwarding me the news!

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