Report: Asus may sue mobo makers over patent infringement

— 3:04 PM on September 17, 2014

Jeez. Are patent lawyers giving out discounts this month? Two weeks ago, Nvidia filed a patent suit against Samsung and Qualcomm. Today, DigiTimes reports that Asus may be about to do the same with its rivals in the motherboard market.

The bone of contention is reportedly OC Socket, a new feature on Asus' X99 motherboards. OC Socket adds extra pins to the LGA2011-v3 socket, which supposedly stabilizes voltages and raises overclocking headroom.

According to DigiTimes, Asus learned that the feature is making its way to some of its rivals' X99 mobos. "Based on its initial investigation," the site adds, "Asustek suspects supply chain makers leaked confidential OC Socket designs to competitors and it therefore plans to sue the competitors for infringing its patents."

Of course, like much of what DigiTimes reports, this is still entirely unofficial. We'll have to keep our eyes peeled for any official developments.

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