CHIPMAKER Intel has had a previous decision upheld by the US International Trade Commission (ITC), which decided it did not infringe several X2Y chip manufacturing patents.
X2Y had claimed that Intel's chip manufacturing technology infringed five of its patents and requested an injunction to stop the chips from entering the US. Previously Judge David Shaw ruled that Intel did not infringe X2Y's patents, a decision that has been upheld by the ITC, which said it will "terminate the investigation with a finding of no violation".
X2Y's patents relate to the shielding of electromagnetic interference that is a significant problem in electronics manufacture. The firm has sold licenses to other chipmakers including Samsung, however Intel decided to develop its own techniques, which are now deemed not to infringe X2Y's patents.
While Intel had the most to lose, X2Y also went after Apple and HP, two of Intel's highest profile customers. Intel even argued that an injunction on its chips would hurt American jobs.
Not only did X2Y lose its patent battle with Intel, but two of its patents were ruled invalid. The company had filed two civil lawsuits that were put on hold pending the ITC's decision, but given the ITC action it will be surprising if the firm continues in its legal campaign against Intel. µ
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