Broadcom president and chief executive Henry Nicholas has fired back at Intel accusing the world's largest chip maker of resorting to "litigation in the courts rather than competition in the marketplace".
Nicholas referred to Intel's patent suit, filed last week against Broadcom, as "baseless". He said that as a general rule, the company prefers not to issue statements on pending litigation, but that "given the provocative nature of Intel's recent claims, we feel it necessary to address them".
Broadcom called Intel's allegations "a baseless and transparent attempt to create fear, uncertainty and doubt in its customers, strategic partners and the investment community".
According to Broadcom, Intel's complaint is simply a rehash of allegations brought in another lawsuit earlier this year in which Intel attempted to block Broadcom's employment of three former Intel employees. After a nine day hearing, the court found that the affected employees had not disclosed any Intel trade secrets and they remain in their jobs today.
Intel then filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Broadcom charging that "nearly every aspect" of Broadcom's business violates one or more of Intel's patents.
Broadcom said that of the five patents asserted by Intel, four are related to areas where Broadcom conforms to widely followed industry standards. The other is a 12 year old patent that appears to relate to networking systems rather than integrated circuits. Broadcom said it is unable to identify any of its products that relate to it.
"As a young company we are just now developing our patent portfolio, but [we] already hold 22 allowed US patents and have about 350 additional US patents pending. [These] cover the many cutting edge technologies that we have developed and are taking to market," said Nicholas.
"Intel's allegations are an insult to the more than 1000 Broadcom engineers who work day and night to develop these technologies," he added.
Intel was not immediately available to comment.
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