Intel has lost a claim for $82m in damages, with a US jury deciding smaller rival Broadcom did not infringe on two Intel patents.
The jury found that Broadcom did not infringe on one patent for a processor, which expands a compressed video signal, and another patent for computer networking was found both invalid and not infringed on by the firm.
But the smaller chip firm faces another trail next year over three more alleged abuses of Intel patents.
Intel spokesman Chuck Molloy said the company had not yet decided on an appeal. "We plan to evaluate the verdict before determining our next course of action," he said. "We respectfully disagree with their findings."
Broadcom maintained that it should not have to pay Intel royalties for using the technology at issue because its customers already have licenses to use the chips.
The jurors agreed and found the company had authority to sell the chips because of third-party agreements.
The jury of six women and three men deliberated for about seven hours after a two-week federal trial held in Delaware.
The lawsuit, which was filed in August 2000, had been split into two trials, with the first trial deciding on the two above patents now completed. A second trial scheduled to be held next year, will resolve the issue of three further patents, two on digital video chips and one on packaging.
Broadcom has also filed counterclaims alleging unfair business practices and abuse of industry standards by Intel.
During the past two years, the two chip firms have filed four patent and trade secret actions against each other.
In a separate legal battle, this week Intel dropped a patent infringement suit against Via Technologies related to a Via chip set that worked with Advanced Micro Devices processors.
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