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Intel and Broadcom lock horns before jury

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Lawyers for Intel and Broadcom fired their opening salvos before a jury that

must decide whether Broadcom infringed on several Intel patents in the design

and production of the company's communications and networking ICs.

The trial is expected to last three weeks. The case was first filed in August

2000 and has since been split into two cases with the first trial addressing two

patents, one for a networking chip and one for a digital video chip. The second

trial will center on three patents on two digital video chips and one on

packaging, as well as Broadcom'S counterclaims that Intel is engaged in unfair

business practices and abusing industry standards.





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"We're going to defend ourselves vigorously and expect to prevail,"

said Bill Blanning, a spokesman for Broadcom.


Broadcom lawyer Terrence McMahon told the jury in a US District Court in

Wilmington, Delaware that the two Intel patents at issue are invalid and

Broadcom also did not infringe upon them. "They're not any good because

everything in them was invented before by someone else.

Intel attorney John Gartman countered that the patents are valid and that

Broadcom did infringe. He said Intel was entitled to damages totaling $82

million for the two patents. Gartman alleged that Broadcom "carefully

crafted a plan" to build its business using Intel's technology.

"Intel's efforts to persuade Broadcom to respect Intel's intellectual

property have been fruitless, leaving Intel little choice but to take direct

legal action in court."

Meanwhile, just last week, Broadcom filed a patent infringement lawsuit of

its own against Intel saying the Silicon Valley chipmaker is infringing on

graphics patents held by Broadcom in chipsets Intel makes for its Pentium III

and other processors.

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