Intel Files Lawsuits Against VIA In Germany, U.K. And Hong Kong.
Sep 26, 2001, 12:00pm EDT
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 26, 2001 - Intel Corporation today announced that it has filed four patent infringement lawsuits in three countries against VIA Technologies Inc. The Intel legal actions allege that VIA's C3 Microprocessors and P4X266 chipsets infringe on eight Intel patents.
"Intel invests billions of dollars each year in research and development to create new, patented inventions that bring significant value to our customers," said Peter Detkin, Intel vice president, assistant general counsel. "Those inventions and the underlying intellectual property are the cornerstone of our business and significant assets. Like any other valuable asset, Intel has an obligation to its shareholders to protect the value of its intellectual property."
In Germany, Intel filed claims that VIA's P4X266 chipset infringes on European patent EP 0 694 849 and German patent DE 195 80 990. The complaint names VIA and its subsidiary VIA Technologies GmbH as defendants.
In the United Kingdom, Intel filed claims that VIA's P4X266 chipset infringes on U.K. patent 2 287 162B and European patent 694 849 B1. In a second suit filed in the United Kingdom, Intel alleges that VIA's C3 microprocessor infringes on three Intel patents, including U.K. patent 2 230 118, U.K. patent 2 261 753 and U.K. patent 2 326 494. The first U.K. case names VIA and Elitegroup Computer Systems as defendants. Defendants in the second case are VIA Technologies Europe Ltd. and Realtime Distribution Ltd.
In Hong Kong, Intel filed suit alleging infringement of three Intel patents by VIA's C3 microprocessors. The suit alleges infringement of Hong Kong patent 931073, Hong Kong patent 1006754 and Hong Kong patent 1016711. VIA Technologies Inc and Trend Electronics (HK) Ltd. are named as defendants in the suit filed in Hong Kong.