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AMD, Intel agree to suspend NDAs

So the case can continue
Sun Jan 15 2006, 07:21
CHIP FIRMS AMD and Intel have agreed to lift certain non disclosure agreements (NDAs) imposed on their partners so that the anti-trust case continuing won't run into the buffers.

Lawyers for both companies issued a stipulation to the Delaware district court deciding the case which suspended certain NDAs.

"AMD has served, and Intel anticipates serving, subpoenas duces tecum on computer industry customers, retailers and other third parties," said the filing. Each of the two party's subpoenas were likely to require production of materials "subject to written non disclosure agreements in favour of the other party".

Third parties have already declined, and can be expected to continue to decline to produce subpoenaed materials because of the restrictions in the NDAs.

But both AMD and Intel have agreed: "To permit the expeditious production of materials, including those subject to NDAs running in favour of a party" and won't penalise the people who have signed them, for the purposes of the court case.

This should speed things up.

But the stipulation won't modify, eliminate or create objections third parties have to discovery requests on any basis other than the confidentiality provisions of an NDA, said both sets of lawyers.

A number of third parties has already objected to producing material as a result of AMD subpoenas. Details of those firms can be found in our AMD-Intel trial page - link below. µ

See Also
AMD and Intel trial coverage and reports including important PDFs


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