JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT Apple couldn't own more of the world than it already does, the Iphone maker today secured a further two-year exclusivity deal for Liquidmetal materials technology.
According to an SEC filing on the Liquidmetal Technologies web page, the deal is an extension of an agreement made between the firms back in August 2010, which expired in February.
The pact will allow Apple to use the metal material, which claims to be stronger and more scratch resistant than other alloys, for almost two more years up until February 2014.
"All intellectual property held by Crucible Intellectual Property, LLC is exclusively licensed on a perpetual basis to Apple for the field of use of consumer electronic products under the MTA" the SEC filing reads.
"Under the Amendment, the parties agreed to amend the MTA to extend the February 5, 2012 date to February 5, 2014."
If you're wondering which products Apple has shipped in the past two years that used Liquidmetal technology; don't, because it hasn't. Well, except for the SIM removal tool supplied with the Iphone and Ipad.
The deal strengthens claims that the material will be used in Apple's upcoming sixth generation Iphone device, rumoured as the Iphone 5. Some believe the Liquidmetal will form the 2012 Iphone update's entire casing and these particular designs is what Apple has been working on for the past two years.
Whether that's the case or not, remains to be seen. But we can't imagine the agreement with an innovative materials company was made purely for a feeble SIM removal tool. µ
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