Intel made big, big mistake

Sueing ViA was not a bright idea

Our scoop about Intel sueing our friends at ViA has been enhanced by a report on our favourite US site, Techweb, now owned by UK peer Lord Hollick of Hollick. (Story: Intel sues Via -- by mistake) According to Jack Robertson, a nice hack we met at a Big Blue conference in London a few years back, the lawsuit was not the mistake it seemed. He has seen the papers Intel filed and it looks like the chip giant is gunning for the rather successful Taiwanese chip vendor. Intel wouldn't talk to us about the mistake, but our little friends at ViA tipped us off first that it was "a mistake". Actually, we're a little surprised ViA doesn't sue Intel for the mistake, because it must have caused some fluttering of hearts out there in chipsetland. But maybe they're generous souls like us. We didn't sue AMD even though we could've have... ® RegisterFact Intel is actually not very good at taking people to court, despite the fact that it has an absolutely enormous legal department. A few years ago, we upset the lumbering dinosaur by publishing Klamath details from a roadmap we'd seen. Intel promised to sue us. But first, it got our fax number wrong and then it got its European lawyer on the case. The EuroLawyer had no chance against the British lawyer defending us. She rang rings round him. Intel also failed to sue Cyrix over patents. In fact, it only ever seems to have been successful against its little brother, AMD. ®

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