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February 23, 1988


By CBR Staff Writer

Sick of the protracted legal arguments over whether or not NEC’s V20 and V30 microprocessors infringed Intel’s copyright in its microcode for the 8088 and 8086, NEC Corp is seeking summary judgement from the new judge, William Gray, now hearing the case in San Jose that any rights Intel had in the microde copyright have been forfeit because the chipmaker consistently failed to take the minimum steps required by law to protect them – inscribe a copyright notice on each chip. Intel has admitted that more than 2.8m of its chips, at least 10%, were distributed without copyright notice. If the judge accedes to NEC’s request, the case will lapse.

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