Washington, DC 20549







Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of
the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): April 5, 2021





(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Delaware 001-33170 95-4812784
(State or other jurisdiction of
File Number)
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification Number)


175 Technology Drive, Suite 150

Irvine, California 92618

(Address of principal executive offices)


(949) 435-0025

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)


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Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of each class   Trading Symbol(s)   Name of each exchange on which
Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share   NLST   None


Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an emerging growth company as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933 (§230.405 of this chapter) or Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (§240.12b-2 of this chapter).


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Item 1.01. Entry into Material Definitive Agreement


On April 5, 2021, Netlist, Inc. (the “Company”) entered into a Strategic Product Supply and License Agreement (the “License Agreement”) and Product Purchase and Supply Agreement (the “Supply Agreement”) with SK hynix Inc., a corporation formed and existing under the laws of the Republic of Korea (“SK hynix”). Both agreements have a term of 5 years. Under the License Agreement, (a) Netlist has granted to SK hynix fully paid, worldwide, non-exclusive, non-assignable licenses to certain of its patents covering memory technologies and (b) SK hynix has granted to Netlist fully paid, worldwide, non-exclusive, non-assignable licenses to its patent portfolio. In addition, the License Agreement provides for the settlement of all pending intellectual property proceedings between Netlist and SK hynix, and the parties have agreed to collaborate on certain technology development activities. Netlist will receive a payment of $40,000,000 in connection with the entry into the License Agreement. The Supply Agreement entitles Netlist to purchase up to $600,000,000 of SK hynix memory products during the term of the Supply Agreement.







Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Dated:  April 6, 2021 By: /s/ Gail M. Sasaki

Gail M. Sasaki

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer