Intel has asked the US International Trade Commission (ITC) to investigate Via Technologies and issue an order to prohibit the Taiwanese chipmaker from selling certain integrated circuit chips in the US.
Intel has also requested that the ITC ban First International Computer of America and Everex Systems from importing computer systems and motherboards that contain Via's processors.
Negotiations have been taking place between the two companies since April last year. In June, Intel notified Via that its licensing rights were terminated and filed a patent infringement suit in a San Jose Court. By the autumn, Intel had also filed additional patent claims against the firm in the UK and Singapore.
But an Intel spokesman claimed that Via had continued to violate the terms of its cross licensing agreement with the chip giant and so it has now applied for the ITC to review Via's alleged infringement of its technology patents. The ITC has one month to review the application.
The spokesman attested: "We filed the complaint with the ITC seeking to block the importation of products that revolve around the patent infringement. Via has violated the terms of its cross licensing agreement, claiming certain products were licensed, and Intel is attempting to correct the situation."
He added that Intel did not view Via's products as licensed intellectual property. Intel believed it had an obligation to protect its intellectual property and to enforce the terms of the licensing agreements, he said, "Otherwise, they don't carry any wait."
He concluded that other Taiwanese companies such as SIS and Ali had signed similar intellectual property agreements to Via, but had managed to maintain their business while complying with them.
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