Intel issued Itanium injunction

Intel was briefly barred from manufacturing and selling its Itanium products due to its ongoing patent dispute with Intergraph. The ruling itself has been suspended for thirty days while Intel appeals the ruling, but it doesn't look good for the chip giant.

Of course, being a chip giant puts Intel in a good position to deal with an existing agreement with Intergraph that states that Intel must cough up $150 million if they're found to have infringed on Intergraph patents. Even when you add in a potentially additional $100 million charge for a failed appeal attempt, or move to license Intergraph's patents, we're not talking about something that's going to break the bank for Intel.

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