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Imagination Tech.PLC (IMG)


Monday 03 April, 2017

Imagination Tech.PLC

Discussions with Apple regarding license agreement

RNS Number : 2844B
Imagination Technologies Group PLC
03 April 2017

3 April 2017


Imagination Technologies Group plc 


Discussions with Apple regarding license agreement


Imagination Technologies Group plc (LSE: IMG, "Imagination", "the Group") a leading multimedia, processor and communications technology company, has been notified by Apple Inc. ("Apple"), its largest customer, that Apple is of a view that it will no longer use the Group's intellectual property in its new products in 15 months to two years time, and as such will not be eligible for royalty payments under the current license and royalty agreement.


Apple has used Imagination's technology and intellectual property for many years.  It has formed the basis of Graphics Processor Units ("GPUs") in Apple's phones, tablets, iPods, TVs and watches. Apple has asserted that it has been working on a separate, independent graphics design in order to control its products and will be reducing its future reliance on Imagination's technology.


Apple has not presented any evidence to substantiate its assertion that it will no longer require Imagination's technology, without violating Imagination's patents, intellectual property and confidential information. This evidence has been requested by Imagination but Apple has declined to provide it.


Further, Imagination believes that it would be extremely challenging to design a brand new GPU architecture from basics without infringing its intellectual property rights, accordingly Imagination does not accept Apple's assertions.


Apple's notification has led Imagination to discuss with Apple potential alternative commercial arrangements for the current license and royalty agreement.


Imagination has reserved all its rights in respect of Apple's unauthorised use of Imagination's confidential information and Imagination's intellectual property rights. 


A further announcement will be made in due course.


This announcement contains inside information.


There will be a conference call for analysts and investors at 8:30am UK time.


Please contact Hannah Franklin for conference call details:


[email protected]




Imagination Technologies Group plc

Tel: 01923 260 511

Andrew Heath, Chief Executive Officer

Guy Millward, Chief Financial Officer

Instinctif Partners

Tel: 020 7457 2020

Adrian Duffield/Kay Larsen/Chantal Woolcock


Notes to editors


Apple license fees and royalties, as disclosed in Imagination's Annual Report, represented revenue of £60.7 million for the year ended 30 April 2016 and are expected to be approximately £65 million for the year ending 30 April 2017. Imagination has minimal direct costs associated with this revenue stream.


Imagination is a global technology leader whose products touch the lives of billions of people across the globe. The company's broad range of silicon IP (intellectual property) includes the key processing blocks needed to create the SoCs (Systems on Chips) that power all mobile, consumer and embedded electronics. Its unique multimedia, processor and connectivity technologies enable its customers get to market quickly with complete and highly differentiated SoC platforms. Imagination's licensees include many of the world's leading semiconductor manufacturers, network operators and OEMs/ODMs who are creating some of the world's most iconic products. See:


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