A US federal appeals court has told Intel that it cannot come to a speedy decision in the chipmaker's legal battle with Intergraph.
Intel had asked for a swift conclusion to its appeal against earlier ruling, which forced it to give information and supply processors to Intergraph despite an ongoing patents battle.
But now Intel, according to the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, must wait until its submission is filed with the court. An appeal to this court can take as long as six months, according to US legal experts.
Reports several weeks ago suggested that Intel was prepared to settle with Intergraph. The FTC is separately investigating Intel, and a drawn out conclusion to Intergraph's case against it could compound those antitrust enquiries.
Intel responded to the setback by saying it would file its appeal in the next two weeks. The earliest hearing it can now expect is towards the back end of summer.
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