U.K. court rejects VIA case against Intel


— 1:26 PM on June 20, 2002

Intel has won a skirmish in its ongoing legal struggle with VIA over intellectual property rights. The biggest prize in the current battle is access to the Pentium 4 bus. VIA already has P4 chipsets on the market, but few mobo makers are selling boards based on them with litigation pending. You can read all about it here. Here's the heart of it:

Intel chooses to license its protocols to some manufacturers that make the chipsets that work with its products. Intel had done business with Via for some time and then imposed conditions on licenses for its new P6 chip that Via asserted were anti-competitive.

Via argued that Intel "was in effect seeking to establish a monopoly in chipsets for use with its P6 microprocessors or to control the market in such chipsets," the judge noted in his decision.

Via said Intel was abusing its dominant position. Intel has about 80 percent of the market for PC microprocessors worldwide.

In his decision the judge said that according to his reading of cases decided by the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, Via had no claim to the right to license the intellectual property of Intel.

This is just one of many cases in several locations filed by VIA and Intel against one another, and it's still too early to say what the final outcome will be.
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