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Patent patience runs out

Intel backs down over chip royalty claims

Intel and Via Technologies’ long-term dispute over the ownership of chip technologies has finally been settled after Intel withdrew its claims.

A lawsuit filed by Intel in July claimed Via Technologies' K7-compatible chipsets had violated four of its patents. In response, Via denied Intel held the disputed patents and filed counterclaims over the wilful destruction of its technology.

But the complex battle came to a rather anticlimactic ending after Intel's decision last week to withdraw its claims. Via has now dropped its countersuits against Intel.

Taiwanese giant Via is claiming victory following the US District Court's summary judgement, at the beginning of December, which found in its favour.

"We couldn't be more delighted with this result," said Wen-Chi Chen, CEO and president of Via Technologies. "We believed from the outset [the claims] were driven by market concerns rather than legal issues."

The result means Via will be able to continue using its K7 products without having to pay ownership royalties to Intel.


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