Intel Bags its Chips

In the recent Intel judgment (Intel Corporation v VIA Technologies Inc, 14 June 2002, unreported) Collins J summarily dismissed allegations by VIA Technologies that Intel Corp had abused its dominant position in microprocessors and chipsets markets, and other anti-competitive behaviour. VIA’s allegations arose in the context of patent infringement proceedings brought by Intel against VIA - the “chipset” and “CPU” actions. These actions both relate to the introduction of the Pentium IV microprocessor. Davina Garrod of McDermott, Will & Emery explains that Intel v Via Technologies is interesting because it shows the reluctance of English judges to entertain weak Euro-defences in the intellectual property arena.

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