Intel sues Broadcom for patent infringement

By : |August 30, 2000 0

Intel has announced a patent infringement lawsuit against Broadcom, accusing
the networking company of plotting to help build and grow its business using
patented Intel technology for cable and high-speed networking.

As part of the company’s alleged sinister strategy, Broadcom has hired a
number of Intel engineers and is supposedly using their knowledge of Intel
technology to develop new products for the company.

"Broadcom has tread upon Intel’s patented technology for a diverse range
of technologies including smart-networking products, motion picture decoding
used in Broadcom cable products and the packages that Broadcom uses to sell its
chips," the Intel suit claims.

"We invest billions of dollars into research and development to create
intellectual property. We have an obligation to our shareholders to protect that
investment. Broadcom has demonstrated that it has little respect for Intel’s
intellectual property rights," said Intel’s corporate spokesman, Chuck
Mulloy.

Only a few years ago, Intel was similarly accused by Digital Equipment of
having infringed on 10 of its microprocessor patents in the design of its
Pentium chip.

At Broadcom, company officials denied the Intel charges. "Contrary to
public statements by Intel, Intel has made no effort that we’re aware of to
alert us to the action or to seek to resolve issues they might have had with
us," said spokesman Bill Blanning. The lawsuit concentrates on five patents
which Broadcom is alleged to have violated. But the lawsuit claims that
"nearly every aspect of Broadcom’s business violates Intel’s patents."

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