Gateway agreed to pay HP $47 million to settle patent-infringement lawsuits, and the two companies will cross-license each other’s patent portfolios for seven years.
Gateway, which has struggled in a lagging PC market, will pay HP $25 million within seven business days following the signing of a settlement and cross-license agreement. The remaining $22 million will be paid a year after that date.
The Irvine, Calif., computer maker said it will take a charge of $16.7 million to settle the claims. The remaining $30.3 million will go toward the seven-year license.
Accounting for the settlement, Gateway trimmed its net income for 2005 from $49.5 million to $32.8 million.
Gateway said in a statement these costs “are substantially less than the near-term litigation costs that will now be avoided.” For example, Gateway expects to save $12 million in litigation costs for 2006.