SANTA CLARA, Calif.--Intel Corp. today announced an expansion of its Pentium 4 chip-set patent fight with Taiwan-based Via Technologies Inc., which is now being sued in Germany, the United Kingdom, and Hong Kong in addition to the United States.
Earlier this month, Intel filed a much-anticipated U.S. lawsuit against Via, which had earlier complained that the Santa Clara chip giant was scaring off chip-set customers with the threat of legal action. Intel's U.S. suit claims that Via and its S3 Graphics Inc. subsidiary are infringing upon five patents in Pentium 4-compliant chip set (see Sept. 7 story).
Via countered sued Intel, claiming that the microprocessor giant is violating its own U.S. patent in the Pentium 4 processor (see Sept. 20 story).
Today, Intel said it has filed four new patent infringement lawsuits in three countries against Via, alleging that the Taiwan chip maker's C3 processors and P4X26 chip sets were violating eight patents.
In Germany, Intel said it filed claims that Via's P4X266 chip set infringes on European patent EP 0 694 849 and German patent DE 195 80 990.
In the United Kingdom, Intel's suit claims that Via's P4X266 chip set infringes on U.K. patent 2 287 162B and European patent 694 849 B1. A second U.K. suit alleges that Via's C3 microprocessor infringes on three Intel patents (No. 2 230 118, No. 2 261 753 and No. 2 326 494). The first U.K. case names Via and Elitegroup Computer Systems as defendants. The second U.K. case names Via Technologies Europe Ltd. and Realtime Distribution Ltd. as defendants.
In Hong Kong, Intel said it is accusing Via of infringement on three patents in the company's C3 microprocessors. The suit says the MPUs infringe upon Hong Kong patents No. 931073, No. 1006754 and No. 1016711. Via and Trend Electronics (HK) Ltd. are named as defendants in the suit filed in Hong Kong.