Patriot acts on clocking patent


— 12:00 AM on July 12, 2004

Processors running in excess of 100MHz have been commonplace for a decade, and a cash-strapped company in San Diego wants to take all the credit. Feeling they own patented technology used in more than $150 billion dollars worth of processors, Patriot Scientific has filed lawsuits against NEC, Sony, Matsushita, Fujitsu, and Toshiba over the past six months, and put more than 150 other companies on notice that they may be infringing.

Patriot's patent prosecution will not be without difficulty, however. Patriot faces a suit from Intel demanding a declaration of non-infringement, and the company has not yet lined up support of the patent's co-owner, which is necessary to enforcement. Assuming that Patriot can overcome these obstacles, the industry may be in for yet another long, difficult slog.

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