In a brief filed with the Federal Trade Commission on Monday, Intel responded to its accusations of anti-competitive practices.
The chipmaker defends its right to deny certain customers access to its proprietary information, and claims it does not have a monopoly.
Intel spokesperson Chuck Malloy said that the FTC had no valid reason to file a complaint, because the allegations do not affect the public interest.
?The allegations in the complaint arise out of intellectual property disputes with three companies," he said. He pointed out that these three companies, Compaq, Digital and Intergraph, were customers, not competitors of Intel in the relevant markets. ?Intel?s actions did not and could not have stifled competition," he claimed.
The 12-page document offers a point for point discussion of the FTC claims, and demands that the complaint be dismissed.
Intel admits the central accusation - that it withheld certain advance technical information and microprocessor prototypes from three companies with which it was involved in patent disputes, namely Digital Equipment, Intergraph and Compaq.
But Intel claims that in doing so, it merely ?exercised its contractual and intellectual property rights?, and that these actions were protected by the First Amendment of the US constitution.
Intel denies that it acted to ?create uncertainty? about these three companies? ability to ?bring to market in a timely manner new products that incorporate Intel?s latest microprocessor technology?.
?In each of these cases, Intel took reasonable, measured steps under the law and its contracts to protect its intellectual property and its core business. In none of these cases did Intel deny anyone a supply of microprocessors or any other product," the Intel document states.
Intel also strongly rejects one of the basic tenets of the FTC case - that Intel has a monopoly of the PC microprocessor market. ?Intel does not have a monopoly, is not likely to obtain a monopoly, and has never attempted to obtain a monopoly in any relevant market," the company maintains.
The FTC, in its complaint, had referred to Intel?s 80 per cent market share of general purpose microprocessors, and to the high barriers to potential new entrants in this market.
But Intel contests, for instance, that it would cost more than $250 million to design a new, high performance microprocessor, or that it would take at least four years to do so.
The giant also, remarkably, denies that a new entrant ?would have to establish both product reputation and technical compatibility with a computer operating system and the applications software desired by a significant number of computer users?.
The FTC is asking for a ?notice of contemplated relief? that would prevent Intel from threatening to cut off customers? access to products and technical information in order to get them to license or sell their intellectual property to Intel.
The trial, before an administrative judge, has been pushed back to 12 January, rather than 5 January as announced on Friday.
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