A court in Silicon Valley will decide if documents about Intel's business practices can be released to a European Commission inquiry relating to possible antitrust activities in Europe by the chip giant.
Intel arch rival AMD has asked a federal district court in San Jose to transfer expert witness testimony and other documents to the Commission that were gathered in the Intergraph antitrust and patent infringement suit against Intel.
The antitrust part of the Intergraph case was dismissed in 1999, but the patent infringement portion of the lawsuit continues.
An AMD spokesperson said: "We believe many of the issues in the Intergraph case are similar to the questions under investigation by the EC. Specifically, AMD believes that Intel, as a de facto monopoly, is obligated to provide specifications to the market on certain key interfaces."
The Intergraph case involved a claim that Intel withheld technical details from the company because it objected to Intel's business practices.
Intel says that no documents should be released to a foreign jurisdiction unless asked for by the Commission itself.
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