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April 8, 2003
Sales of equipment used to make semiconductors fell 32% in 2002, the second consecutive annual decline and the steepest ever, Gartner Inc.'s Dataquest market research unit said. Chip makers Intel Corp. and Via Technologies Inc. of Taiwan said they settled a series of patent infringement lawsuits, resolving 11 cases in five countries involving 27 patents.
July 6, 2000 | Bloomberg News
Intel Corp. and Via Technologies Inc. said they have settled a breach-of-contract dispute stemming from a 1998 cross-licensing agreement for computer chipsets. Under the settlement, Via Technologies will pay Intel an undisclosed amount of money in addition to continuing royalty fees. The settlement also will result in dismissal of patent infringement suits filed in Britain, Singapore and the United States, the companies said. Santa Clara, Calif.
February 4, 2002 | Bloomberg News
The European Commission said it is set to drop its antitrust investigation of Intel Corp., the No. 1 computer chip maker, after failing to find evidence the company was abusing its dominant position. The commission's "preliminary assessment is expected to find that the complaints are unfounded," said Amelia Torres, a spokeswoman for Competition Commissioner Mario Monti. An Intel spokeswoman in Germany declined to comment. In the U.S.
A federal antitrust investigation of Intel Corp. ended Tuesday, but the world's largest chip maker faced new charges by rival Broadcom Corp. that it is selling a communications chip based on Broadcom technology. Broadcom accused its rival in court papers filed late Monday of stealing key technology and furtively using misappropriated Broadcom chips during trade demonstrations to mislead potential customers. Intel denied the allegations.
August 5, 2010 | By Don Lee, Los Angeles Times
Giant computer chip maker Intel Corp. agreed to accept broad new restrictions on the way it does business to settle federal charges that it abused its dominant market position to stifle competition over the last decade. Wednesday's agreement with the Federal Trade Commission could alter the course of the global semiconductor industry, as well as strengthen the hand of the FTC as it looks at other antitrust allegations in the technology sector, including those involving such leading players as Google Inc. and Apple Inc. "I think it signals the FTC is trying to crack down on anticompetitive behavior in this industry," said George H. Pike, an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law who teaches intellectual property and writes about information technology issues and the law. Intel's agreement, which would be made final after a 30-day period of public comment, would prohibit the Santa Clara firm from using certain rewards, threats and other tactics that regulators say induced computer makers Dell Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and others to buy exclusively from Intel.
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