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December 17, 2012

Tech giants triumph in chip lawsuit

Court finds in favour of Intel, Apple and HP over X2Y Attenuators

By CBR Staff Writer

Intel, Apple and HP have won a processor patent infringement lawsuit against chip technology firm X2Y Attenuators.

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) judge David Shaw cleared the three firms of any unlawful activity, while also ruling that the patents asserted by X2Y were invalid.

In June 2011, X2Y Attenuators sought a ban on imports of Intel’s product, alleging infringement of three energy conditioning patents. The case focused on Intel chips running in various devices, including Apple’s 27in Core i3 iMac and HP’s TouchSmart 610 Series PC. Intel’s Core i7-950 3.06Ghz LGA1366 Desktop Processor was also caught up in the case.

In reply, members of Congress supported Intel, and urged ITC not to issue ban on imports of any its products.

X2Y said in a statement that the firm was willing to provide Intel with a license at a reasonable rate similar to that paid by its other licensees for their products and use of X2Y’s technology.

"X2Y is pleased the Initial Determination finds that X2Y has demonstrated that a domestic industry exists under the Section 337 statute and that X2Y has valid claims covering its innovative technology," the statement said. "X2Y, however, is disappointed with the bulk of the decision relating to validity of certain claims and infringement and will request the Commission’s review of at least those issues.

"X2Y remains confident that the Commission will protect true innovation regardless of the size of the innovator and will continue to vigorously enforce its intellectual property rights against these infringers," the statement added.

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