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April 2, 1997updated 05 Sep 2016 12:10pm


By CBR Staff Writer

Creative Technology Ltd, maker of SoundBlaster PC audio cards, and its US subsidiary Creative Labs, have won a temporary restraining order in their lawsuit against Cyrix Corp (CI No 3122). The suit contends that Cyrix falsely claims that its MediaGX chipset is compatible with SoundBlaster and that diagnostic programs on GX-based systems identify Creative as the manufacturer of its audio components, which is untrue. The suit also claims that Cyrix has violated Creative’s copyrights by distributing Creative applet software on its website. In issuing the restraining order, the US District Court for Northern California has forbid Cyrix and one of its customers – Tiger Direct Inc – from selling any chips, motherboards or systems which will cause a computer to identify its sound system as a SoundBlaster card unless it actually contains a SoundBlaster. In addition, Cyrix can no longer distribute any Creative software on its website. Cyrix responded by issuing a statement Tuesday asserting that is has already taken measures to satisfy the conditions of the restraining order and will continue shipping MediaGX chipsets. A hearing has been set for April 18 at which the false advertising and unfair competition claims will be addressed. Cyrix is also currently involved in legal proceedings brought against it by Intel Corp over the use of the MMX trademark (CI No 3,121).

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