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And considers dragging AMD into patent dispute

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Intergraph is to drag Intel to court again next week, just a few days after its patent infringement win over the chip giant.

On Monday, March 5, it will make its arguments to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuits in Washington regarding its antitrust case against Intel.

Intergraph alleges Intel used its monopoly power to coerce the Alabama company into handing over patents rights. The anti-trust case was thrown out of court in March last year.

The appeal is part of a three-pronged attack by Intergraph in its suit against Intel.

Filed in November 1997, the lawsuit accuses Intel of patent infringement, antitrust violations, and State tort and contract claims.

Yesterday's decision involved the patent infringement part of the lawsuit. The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuits ruled that Intel did not have the right to use the Clipper Technology patented by Intergraph.

Intel hasn't decided if it wants to appeal yesterday's ruling, but "it is possible", a representative said today. The company will have to take the matter to the Supreme Court, if it takes this route, according to Intergraph.

Intergraph wants royalties from Intel based on the number of Pentium products sold - the Pentium I, II and III chips. The company said it was making an infringement analysis, including a study of the P4.

The case could also affect other chipmakers. The Alabama company said that if it wins the case against Intel, it will start infringement analysis regarding other products in the market. This could include AMD and its clones of the Intel x86 chip family.

Intergraph hopes to join the three claims against Intel into one trial later this year. ®

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