VIA en Intel begraven de stijdbijl

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VIA en Intel hebben bekend gemaakt de wederzijdse rechtzaken betreffende cross-licensing problemen bij P6 chipsets in te trekken. VIA moet als gevolg van deze beslissing wel royalties gaan betalen voor iedere verkochten chipset. Hieronder volgt de officieele press-release:

Taipei, Taiwan, (July 6), 2000 -- Intel Corporation and VIA Technologies, Inc. today jointly announced that the companies have reached settlement of pending litigation related to a cross license between the two companies. The dispute arose out of a 1998 license agreement between the two companies. The settlement will result in the dismissal of patent infringement suits filed in the High Court of Justice in the United Kingdom, the High Court of the Republic of Singapore and before the U.S. International Trade Commission. Additionally, a suit on this matter pending in U.S. District Court in San Francisco will be amended to eliminate breach of contract claims and patent claims for chipsets that support Intel
microprocessors. Under terms of the settlement, VIA will pay Intel a lump sum along with ongoing royalty fees. In addition, Intel has agreed to modify the 1998 license agreement in order to reflect current market and business conditions. Under the modified agreement, VIA is licensed under Intel patents to produce certain P5 and P6 chipsets. The remaining terms of the settlement are confidential.

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