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Intel Notifies AMD of Cross-License Breach

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    Intel Corporation today disclosed that the company has notified Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) that it believes AMD has breached a 2001 patent cross-license agreement with Intel. Intel believes that Global Foundries is not a subsidiary under terms of the agreement and is therefore not licensed under the 2001 patent cross-license agreement. Intel also said the structure of the deal between AMD and ATIC breaches a confidential portion of that agreement. Intel has asked AMD to make the relevant portion of the agreement public, but so far AMD has declined to do so. AMD's breach could result in the loss of licenses and rights granted to AMD by Intel under the agreement.

    "Intellectual property is a cornerstone of Intel's technology leadership and for more than 30 years, the company has believed in the strategic importance of licensing intellectual property in exchange for fair value. However AMD cannot unilaterally extend Intel's licensing rights to a third party without Intel's consent," said Bruce Sewell, senior vice president and general counsel for Intel. We have attempted to address our concerns with AMD without success since October. We are willing to find a resolution but at the same time we have an obligation to our stockholders to protect the billions of dollars we've invested in intellectual property."

    Under terms of the license agreement the notification to AMD means the parties will attempt to resolve the dispute through mediation. In response to the notification AMD claimed Intel breached the agreement by notifying AMD of its breach. Intel believes that position is inconsistent with the dispute resolution process outlined in the original agreement.

    Source: Intel
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    They both breached it?
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    yay, another petty thing they can squabble over.
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    How exactly did they break it? Who did AMD extend the property to without consent of Intel?
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    Obviously, they broke it by starting to sell more chips and making more money. :laugh:

    Stagnation through litigation -- it's the American way.

    Honestly, though, it's probably just something to do with the new Foundry company.
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    This is one of the few times I agree with you. There must be a glitch in the Matrix.
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    Oh no, it's just so obvious what Intel is doing that anyone can see it. I would hope that the courts would throw it out, but fat chance of that.
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    wow im really getting sick of intel, all together there trying to take out anyone that has a fat chance of making money, intel sickens me, i dont care if they make good processors, i would rather buy from a company that isnt run by a bunch of cry baby bitches hands down.
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    if someone has a owns a patent and someone buys the rigths and sings a contract they are bound by it. amd can cancel it if they don't like it if they don't obay the rules the owner can sue them in this case intel.
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    Not petty. If Intel pulls it off, bye bye AMD.
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    ... Leave AMD alone!! LEAVE Em' ALONE !! IM SERIOUS :'( !!!!! ....
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    no mor intel cpu for me
    uuuuuuuu intel:mad:
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    Yea, people, this is serious stuff. If they dont reach a deal AMD will be in big trouble.

    But i think this is just more of Intel's bullying tactics. I'm hoping that AMDs lawyers looked into and approved the Global Foundries deal before it happened and AMD is not breaching any contracts with Intel. It seems to me that Global Foundries is just another manufacturing vendor for AMD, just like TSMC, so all they'll be doing is making AMD CPUs and ATI GPUs, as well as take orders from other companies. So AMD is not tranferring the intellectual property to them but only using them to make their chips.
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    This might be Intel legal "saber rattling" and nothing more. I doubt AMD would make such a move without a HUGE legal backing. Most long time stock holders of any type are used to this kind of thing.
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    For the know, VIA doesn't have a fab of its own. It relies on foundry partners in Taiwan such as Fujitsu to make its GPUs and CPUs. Yet it has been holding its x86 license, which it inherited from the acquisitions of Centaur and Cyrix, two old x86 CPU manufacturers. Yet, Intel gets butthurt when AMD merely outsources its manufacturing to another company, which it holds a 30% stake in, which the company (TFC) doesn't mind when AMD calls it its subsidiary.

    AMD's contention revolves around this.
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    Exactly, btarunr, thats the point i was trying to make as well. Though i belive AMD's stake in Global Foundries is 49% and 51% i owned by ATIC.
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    So this is a pride issue? There has to be more to it. Never known ANY company to have pride.
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    I think its just a form of Intel's psychological warfare against AMD as well as attempt to make them look bad for supposed intellectual property infringements.
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    Money. VIA is virtually of no consequence to Intel, AMD is.

    They revised the deal. It's 30% AMD, 70% ATIC.
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    Intel just keeps reminding me why I invested in AMD. :shadedshu
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    so this is looking like the same crap intel pulled with nvidia making chipsets.....this is garbage and intel is making itself look bad by suing every company that happen to be near them. whose next? ATi for licensing the GPU tech for use on intel chipsets while still working on AMD ones?
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    ROFL, QFT - cry baby bitches :laugh:

    Can we get a youtube video, please?
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    Not fair IMO, it should be more or less evenly split as AMD privides the tech + facilities and ATIC the $$. But such is life.

    Yea, that though occured to me too. They seem to be attacking those companies that they perceive as a threat. Though i doubt ATI will be next in line as Intel benefits from crossfire tech on their chipsets. I think that if VIA gets their shit together and makes Nano widely available they will be the next target as it will cause Atom sales to drop.
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