Intel is being sued by Datapoint over alleged videoconferencing technology patent infringements, adding to the multitude of suits filed against the chip giant.
Intel has been hit with suits from Digital and AMD over chips in recent months and is so accustomed to legal action it has a full time legal department. The latest action, taken by Datapoint, alleges that Intel ignored its previous letters and involves technology which enables users to establish their own multipoint video conference using voice, video and data.
The company has already taken action against Intel over multispeed networking patents, which create compatibility between systems of varying speeds. Blake Thomas, president and chief operating officer at Datapoint, said Intel's growth in the videoconferencing market has been helped by Datapoint's patented technology.
Datapoint has also lodged similar suits against Picturetel and Compression Labs, which are due to be heard later this year. All three defendants are expected to fight Datapoint in court. Intel had made no comment on Datapoint's action by the end of 21 October.
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