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Trial Over Chip Patents is Postponed

June 13, 1996

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) _ A federal judge on Wednesday postponed a jury trial in a patent infringement case brought by Thorn EMI PLC’s U.S. subsidiary against Intel Corp. to give Thorn time to appeal his ruling on the scope of permissible damages.

Judge Roderick McKelvie ruled Tuesday that Thorn would be entitled only to a lump sum payment from Intel if it won its case, not a percentage of Intel’s more than $9 billion in sales of microprocessors.

Thorn has accused Intel of using a manufacturing process covered by one of its patents. It has not specified the damages it seeks but has indicated it wants a percentage of Intel’s revenue.

The president of Thorn EMI North America Inc., John Skolas, said the company will appeal McKelvie’s ruling on ``claim construction″ to the Federal Circuit Court of Washington, D.C.

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