Apple Renews Rights to Liquidmetal Technologies' Alloys for Consumer Products

Liquid MetalApple has renewed exclusive rights to use Liquidmetal Technologies' metal alloys in consumer electronics items, according to a filing with the SEC.

The rights were originally purchased back in 2010, to run through February 2014. The new renewal extends the agreement through February of 2015.

On May 19, 2014, Liquidmetal Technologies, Inc. (the “Company”) and Apple Inc. (“Apple”) entered into an second amendment (the “Second Amendment”) to the Master Transaction Agreement that was originally entered into on August 5, 2010 (the “MTA”) and amended on June 15, 2012 (the “First Amendment”). Under the MTA and the First Amendment, the Company was obligated to contribute to Crucible Intellectual Property, LLC, a special purpose subsidiary of the Company, all intellectual property acquired or developed by the Company from August 5, 2010 through February 5, 2014, and all intellectual property held by Crucible Intellectual Property, LLC was exclusively licensed on a perpetual basis to Apple for the field of use of consumer electronic products under the MTA. Under the Second Amendment, the parties agreed to amend the MTA and the First Amendment to extend the February 5, 2014 date to February 5, 2015.

According to a report from earlier this year, Apple is interested in using Liquidmetal's alloys for home buttons, touch sensors and tamper-resistant screws. The alloys possess a number of unique properties including high strength and corrosion resistance while remaining relatively light and able to cast into a variety of forms.

Top Rated Comments

AngerDanger Avatar
131 months ago
It's only a matter of time before…

Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
troop231 Avatar
131 months ago
Can't wait to see what Apple has in store.

http://store.apple.com

Ok I'm done being a smarta$$ :p
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
HiVolt Avatar
131 months ago
Maybe make something other than a sim ejector tool from it eh Apple?
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
camnchar Avatar
131 months ago
Dear Tim Cook,

Please use these rights for something.

Chuck
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nuckinfutz Avatar
131 months ago
I tell you it's gonna be great in 2025 to finally see an Apple branded product made from liquid metal.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TallManNY Avatar
131 months ago
Ah

Ah, Liquid Metal. The most disappointing Apple rumor of all. We've not gotten much out of this wonderful substance yet. But maybe next year!
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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