Intel, Via Settle Patent Disputes
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ Chip-makers Intel Corp. and Via Technologies Inc. settled a series of patent disputes Monday related to computer microprocessors and their supporting chipsets.
In all, 11 cases in five countries involving 27 patents were settled, the companies said. Financial terms were not disclosed, though both parties agreed to pay their own legal fees.
The disputes date to September 2001 and centered on Via’s chipset for Intel’s Pentium 4 microprocessor. Intel sued Via, claiming patent infringement. Via then countersued, alleging both patent infringement and anticompetitive behavior.
Lawsuits were filed in the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong and China, Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy said.
Under the settlement, all the claims were dropped and the companies signed 10-year cross-license agreements. Intel also agreed not to assert its patents related to certain Via microprocessors against Via, its customers or distributors for five years.
The agreement will result in royalties for Intel, Mulloy said. A Via spokesman did not return a telephone call seeking comment.
Taiwan-based Via and Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel have clashed in the past. In 1999, Intel accused Via of infringing its patents related to the Pentium III processor. That case also was settled out of court.
On the Net:
Via Technologies: http://www.viatech.com