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TI ANNOUNCES PATENT CROSS LICENSE AGREEMENTS WITH FIVE JAPANESE COMPANIES; TI FILES PATENT INFRINGEMENT LAWSUIT AGAINST SANYO

 TI ANNOUNCES PATENT CROSS LICENSE AGREEMENTS WITH FIVE JAPANESE
 COMPANIES; TI FILES PATENT INFRINGEMENT LAWSUIT AGAINST SANYO
 DALLAS, June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas Instruments Incorporated (NYSE: TXN) today announced it has reached separate agreements with five semiconductor manufacturers in Japan. Those manufacturers are: Mitsubishi Electric Corporation; New Japan Radio Co., Ltd.; Nippon Precision Circuit, Ltd.; Seiko Epson Corporation; and Toko, Inc.
 The new agreement with Mitsubishi is for ten years. Agreements with the other companies are for five years. All of the agreements are broad-based semiconductor patent cross-license agreements. The new agreements with each of the companies replace previous agreements that expired at the end of 1990.
 During the term of the new agreements, TI will receive royalty payments based on worldwide sales of each company's integrated circuits. The annual amounts that these companies will pay to TI under the new agreements are expected to greatly exceed the annual amounts paid under the previous agreements.
 Sanyo
 Separately, TI announced it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd., asking the federal district court in Dallas to stop Sanyo from continuing its unlicensed use of TI's semiconductor patents.
 TI filed the litigation following statements from Sanyo's legal counsel, who said Sanyo would begin patent litigation against TI in the United States unless TI reduces the amount of royalties requested from Sanyo. Additionally, Sanyo's counsel said they are initiating litigation in Japan against TI.
 In addition to the patent infringement claim, TI's lawsuit against Sanyo requests a declaratory judgment that the conduct of TI's negotiations with Sanyo does not constitute patent misuse or antitrust violations.
 "We cannot allow others to infringe the technology we've invented. We have a responsibility to our shareholders, who paid to develop this technology, and to our employees who created it. We also have a responsibility to our other licensees to administer our licensing program in a fair manner; we cannot give one company an unfair competitive advantage over the others who have taken licenses under our patents," said Richard L. Donaldson, TI general patent counsel.
 TI had been in negotiations with Sanyo for more than a year, but unable to reach agreement. Sanyo's previous semiconductor licensing agreement with TI expired in December 1990.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Texas Instruments Incorporated, headquartered in Dallas, is a high-technology company with sales or manufacturing operations in more than 30 countries. TI develops, manufactures and markets semiconductors, defense electronics systems, software productivity tools, computer systems and peripheral products, custom engineering and manufacturing services, electrical controls, metallurgical materials, and consumer electronic products.
 /CONTACT: Terri West of TI, 214-995-3481/
 (TXN) CO: Texas Instruments Incorporated; Sanyo Electric Co., Ltd. ST: Texas IN: CPR SU: LIC


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