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September 17, 1998

INTERGRAPH ASKS COURT TO DISMISS INTEL PATENT TRIAL

By CBR Staff Writer

Intergraph Corp claims that its patent infringement case against Intel Corp is so strong that a trial is unnecessary, and earlier this week asked the federal court for a summary judgment to that effect. It also asked the court to dismiss Intel’s original motion for a summary judgment, which claimed that Intel had acquired a license for the patents through an existing cross-licensing agreement it had with National Semiconductor Corp (CI No 3,4354). Intergraph said the documents involved in its acquisition of the intellectual property from Fairchild Semiconductor Corp are very, very clear. According to Intergraph Corp CEO Jim Meadlock Intel twisted the meaning of various documents to read the way they want them to read. Patent applications and resulting patents were acquired by Intergraph when it bought part of Fairchild in 1987, says Intergraph. National Semiconductor acquired the rest of Fairchild from Schlumberger Ltd at the same time. But the assets of Fairchild’s Advanced Processor Division, including the Clipper RISC chip, passed straight to Intergraph on October 8, 1997, simultaneously with the transfer of all its outstanding stock to National. Patents were subsequently issued to Intergraph in 1990 and 1992, the company said.

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