UK court throws out Via suit against Intel

A UK court has thrown out a complaint from Via Technologies against Intel as part of an ongoing legal battle between the chip...

A UK court has thrown out a complaint from Via Technologies against Intel as part of an ongoing legal battle between the chip manufacturers that extends across three continents.

Via claimed that it has the right to manufacture and sell chipsets compatible with the Pentium 4 from Intel and that Intel's attempt to keep the Taipei chipmaker from doing so amounts to antitrust behaviour. The Chancery Division of the High Court in London has disagreed.

"I am satisfied that, whatever the scope of the decisions of the European Court relied upon, Via has not pleaded a case which would satisfy even the widest reading of them," said Justice Lawrence Collins in his ruling.

The European Commission in May dropped its antitrust probe of Intel after concluding that complaints it received toward the end of 2000 from two rivals were groundless.

The identity of the companies that sparked the probe by the European Union competition regulator - believed to be Via and Advanced Micro Devices - have never been officially revealed, though the ruling by Collins confirmed Via's involvement in the complaint against Intel.

The two companies also have litigation pending in the USA and Asia.

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