Chip counterfeit cases have started to make their appearance in UK courts after Intel initiated a case in Europe last year.
On Tuesday at Horseferry Magistrates Court in London, the local trading standards officers pushed a case against Patrick Adefisago, who is accused of possessing microprocessors with the Intel label on the outside.
He was charged under the 1994 Trade Marks Act concerning 100 chips, worth an estimated #20,000.
The defendant faces charges that he attempted to sell or offer the alleged counterfeit units for sale. He is on unconditional bail until 29 April.
An Intel spokeswoman said: ?We are still involved in helping the police and we still have another 12 months activity because of our drive.? She said that only 30 per cent of the Europe wide cases involve counterfeiting while the remainder are concerned with possible tax evasion.
* Intel is recruiting staff at its Leixlip plant. An advert in today?s 'London Evening Standard' revealed that Fab 14, representing an investment of $1.5 billion, will produce the next generation of chips for the company. Intel Ireland wants equipment maintenance technicians, according to the advertisement.
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