CHIPMAKER Intel has got the upper hand against X2Y Attenuators after a US International Trade Commission (ITC) judge ruled that the firm did not infringe X2Y's patents.
Intel had been sued by X2Y with the firm alleging that the chipmaker infringed its patents. However US ITC judge David Shaw saw it differently, ruling that Intel did not infringe X2Y's patents.
Judge Shaw's notice also said it had "not been shown by clear and convincing evidence that any asserted claim of the 7,609,500 patent is invalid". X2Y's patents relate to methods that mitigate the effects of electromagnetic interference and are licensed by chipmaker Samsung.
X2Y had been trying to get the ITC to force an import ban on chips that are finished outside of the US. Intel has a number of fabs within the US, however the vast majority of its chips are finished in plants outside of the US.
According to X2Y, it approached Intel a decade ago pitching its technology as a way to improve Intel's chips. The firm claims Intel didn't license the technology but ended up using it.
John Haynes, speaking on behalf of X2Y told Bloomberg, "X2Y remains confident that the Commission will protect true innovation regardless of the size of the innovator and will continue to vigorously enforce its intellectual property against these infringers."
X2Y could force a full ITC review of Judge Shaw's decision in a bid to overturn it should the firm still want to block imports of Intel chips. µ