Samsung acquired 23 Seagate patents in the US

Samsung acquired 23 magnetic record-related patents from Seagate in the US. Samsung could use these Seagate US patents to complement the MRAM-based in-memory computing technology.

If not, the company might have intended to end its past business relationship with Seagate. Notably, of the 23 patents purchased by Samsung, 4 have already expired.

Way back in 2011, the South Korean tech giant sold its HDD business and 479 US patents to Seagate. However, Samsung’s newly acquired patents are not from those it sold to Seagate over a decade ago.

Samsung may not have bought Seagate patents to simply secure HDD tech. These patents might be used for in-memory computing-based MRAM; being developed by Samsung Electronics Advanced Institute of Technology.

The company is quite serious about its semiconductor business amid the AI boom. While there’s a significant rise in memory-related semiconductor demand globally, Samsung is continuously expanding its footsteps.

“Samsung Electronics may be trying to wind down its remaining business relationships after selling its stake in Seagate in the past, and it may be a kind of fake patent purchase strategy to deceive competitors,” said an industry insider.

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