Intel has finally taken decisive action against companies copying its proprietary trademarks by re-marking chips.
The trade in re-marked Intel Pentium II processors has continued over the past three months, as reported here earlier.
But yesterday, after protests from distributors, dealers and end users, Intel decided to bite the bullet by taking an injunction out in Australia. According to reports, the company told an Australian court that the practice had spread from Asia and then to Australia. For the past two months, both US and UK resellers have claimed that the practise is far more widespread than Intel realised.
The judge has granted an injunction preventing a company called Australia Galaxy Electronics and another firm called Galas Electronics from tampering with products, the reports said.
Intel notified Australian Customs & Excise that counterfeit products were coming into the country, following suspicions that tampering was taking place. Two months ago, UK distributor Datrontech told 'VNU Newswire' that a large Asian operation was underway. One month later, 1,000 remarked chips were seized and a number of individuals arrested in Taiwan.
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