SOURCE: Data I/O Corporation

November 19, 2007 16:30 ET

Data I/O Announces Sale and License Back of Patents

REDMOND, WA--(Marketwire - November 19, 2007) - Data I/O Corporation (NASDAQ: DAIO), the leading provider of manual and automated device programming systems, today announced that it has signed an agreement on November 15, 2007 for the sale of selected patents and patent applications to Leannoux Properties AG L.L.C. for net proceeds of approximately $3.3 million and expects to report a net gain of approximately $2.1 million, subject to customary closing conditions. The proposed patents and patent applications to be sold relate primarily to technology used in Data I/O Corporation's Proline RoadRunner product line. Data I/O will retain a non-exclusive, royalty-free license to use the technology covered by these patents and applications. Additional payments are due to Data I/O Corporation upon license or transfer of the proposed patents and patent applications to certain third parties. However Data I/O Corporation does not currently anticipate receiving any such payments.

Most of the patents to be sold relate to technology that the company has been practicing for a number of years. The sale does not include technology related to the firm's most recent development programs.

Regarding the proposed transaction, Fred Hume, President and CEO of Data I/O Corporation, said, "This transaction should deliver a substantial financial benefit to our shareholders. It monetizes the value of these patents, avoids future annual maintenance and patent defense expenses, and allows Data I/O royalty-free use of these patents."

Conference Call Information

A conference call discussing this news will follow this release today at 2:00 p.m. Pacific time/5:00 p.m. Eastern time. To listen to the conference call, please dial (612) 332-0718 passcode: DAIO. A taped replay will be made available approximately one hour after the conclusion of the call and will remain available for one week. To access the replay, please dial (320) 365-3844, access code: 896477. The conference call will also be simultaneously webcast over the Internet; visit the News and Events section of the Data I/O Corporation website at http://www.dataio.com to access the call from the site. This webcast will be recorded and available for replay on the Data I/O Corporation website.

About Data I/O Corporation

With over 35 years of expertise in delivering intellectual property to programmable devices, Data I/O offers complete, integrated manufacturing solutions in wireless, automotive, programming center, semiconductor, and industrial control market segments for OEM, ODM, EMS and semiconductor companies. Data I/O provides hardware and software solutions for turn-key programming and device testing services, as well as in-system (on-board), in-line (right before use at the SMT line), or in-socket (off-line) programming with special manufacturing options such as serialization, traceability, version control, statistical data logging, co-planarity test, and bad block management. These solutions are scalable for small, medium and large volume applications with different device mixes. For further information on Data I/O, please visit www.dataio.com or call (425) 881-6444.

Forward-Looking Statement

Statements in this news release concerning agreement closing and expectations of future payments and any other statement that may be construed as a prediction of future performance or events are forward-looking statements which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. These factors include uncertainties as to completion of closing conditions and future licensing expectations and other risks including those described from time to time in the Company's filings on Forms 10K and 10Q with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), press releases and other communications.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Joel Hatlen
    Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
    (425) 881-6444

    Data I/O Corporation
    6464 185th Ave. NE, Suite 101
    Redmond, WA 98052