MOSAID Technologies Inc.
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MOSAID Technologies Inc.

May 16, 2011 08:30 ET

MOSAID and Hynix Enter Into Patent License and Acquisition Agreements

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 16, 2011) - MOSAID Technologies Inc. (TSX:MSD) today announced that it has concluded a patent portfolio license agreement with Hynix Semiconductor Inc. of Korea. In a separate purchase agreement, MOSAID has acquired a significant portfolio of patents and patent applications from Hynix. These two agreements follow the Memorandum of Understanding between MOSAID and Hynix which was announced in a press release issued by MOSAID on March 31, 2011.

Under the terms of the license agreement, Hynix receives a six-year term license to certain MOSAID patents and applications, and a life-of-patents license to certain other patents and applications, for semiconductor integrated circuit products sold by Hynix. Hynix will make a series of fixed, equal quarterly payments during the term. The effective date of the term license is April 1, 2011. All other terms and conditions of the license agreement are confidential.

Under the terms of the purchase agreement, MOSAID acquires a portfolio of several hundred patents and patent applications, relating primarily to semiconductor general manufacturing process and memory technologies. MOSAID will make a single purchase payment upon closing of the transaction.

"We are very pleased to have signed these deals with Hynix, the world's second largest producer of commodity Dynamic Random Access Memory and a major NAND Flash memory vendor," said John Lindgren, President and CEO, MOSAID. "The new patent portfolio license provides uninterrupted coverage between the expiration of the prior agreement and this one."

"Signing a second license with Hynix demonstrates the ongoing strength of our memory patent portfolio," said Michael Vladescu, Vice President, Licensing and Intellectual Property, MOSAID. "Our memory and general process patent portfolios continue to grow, fueled by our internal Flash memory technology development, as well as by acquisitions of third-party intellectual property portfolios, such as this important portfolio from Hynix."

About MOSAID

MOSAID Technologies Inc. is one of the world's leading intellectual property companies. MOSAID licenses patented intellectual property in the areas of semiconductors and communications systems, and develops semiconductor memory technology. MOSAID counts many of the world's largest technology companies among its licensees. Founded in 1975, MOSAID is based in Ottawa, Ontario. For more information, visit www.mosaid.com and http://investorchannel.mosaid.com

Forward Looking Information

This document and certain other public documents incorporated by reference in this document, contain forward-looking statements to the extent they relate to MOSAID or its management, including those identified by the expressions "anticipate," "believe," "foresee," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "could," "may," "plan," "will," "would" and similar expressions. Similarly, statements in this document that describe MOSAID's business strategy, outlook, objectives, plans, intentions or goals also are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not historical facts, but rather reflect MOSAID's current expectations regarding future events. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those in such forward-looking statements. Assumptions made in preparing forward-looking statements and financial guidance include, but are not limited to, the following: MOSAID's continued expansion of its patent portfolio and of its opportunities for future patent licensing revenue as a result of MOSAID's acquisition of patents from third parties and from development of new inventions; DRAM manufacturers continuing to infringe MOSAID's patents; the timing and amount of MOSAID's litigation expenses; MOSAID's ability to sign new patent licensees; current assumptions as to the identification of products that are unlicensed to MOSAID's wireless patents; and the timing and amount of MOSAID's Research & Development expenses.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from expected results include, but are not limited to, the following: MOSAID's ability to negotiate settlements with licensees; legal rulings and/or regulatory investigations, audits or complaints having an adverse impact on the validity, enforceability, royalty rates, potential royalty rates, and strength or breadth of coverage of MOSAID's essential and/or nonessential patents (including, but not limited to, adverse results from litigation or proceedings in patent offices and government regulatory agencies in various countries around the world); judicial, legislative or regulatory changes that impair the ability of patent holders to earn licensing revenues; worldwide economic conditions and demand for technology products; economic, social, and political conditions both globally and in the countries in which MOSAID or patent licensees operate, including conflict, war and, other security risks, health conditions, possible disruptions in transportation networks and fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates; non-payment or delays in payment by or insolvency of licensees or other debtors; variability in patent licensees' sales of licensed products; failure to maintain and enforce MOSAID's existing patent portfolio, or failure to obtain valuable patents as a result of R&D activities, or failure to acquire valuable patents from third parties; MOSAID's ability to recruit and retain skilled personnel; change in MOSAID's financial position; consolidation of MOSAID's licensees; natural events, such as severe weather and earthquakes in the locations in which MOSAID or patent licensees operate; and changes in the tax rate applicable to MOSAID as the result of changes in the tax law in the jurisdictions in which profits are determined to be earned and taxed, the outcome of tax audits and the ability to realize deferred tax assets.

Except as may be required by applicable law or stock exchange regulation, we undertake no obligation to update publicly or release any revisions to these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this document or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Additional information identifying risks and uncertainties affecting MOSAID's business and other factors that could cause MOSAID's financial results to fluctuate are contained in MOSAID's Annual Information Form, under the section entitled "Risk Factors," and in MOSAID's other public filings available online at www.sedar.com.

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