Consortium Legal and Patent Protection
The HyperTransport Consortium’s mission is to foster an advanced interconnect technology community in which members may both share and tap - royalty-free - a common pool of collective HyperTransport-related patents. At the same time, the advanced nature of HyperTransport technology and the industry stature of companies that have invested in it, compelled the Consortium, from its very inception, to ensure that the patent portfolios of its member companies are properly safeguarded.
The Consortium’s approach to patent management is a departure from the typical "reasonable and non-discriminatory" (RAND) approach to patent management, adopted by many other consortiums and organizations. In fact, the RAND approach requires member companies to license each and every necessary patent from Consortium members that own them and to pay for their respective royalty fees, as applicable.