Intel has formally responded to Digital?s patent lawsuit and filed a reply to the allegations.
It did so in the same court Digital chose to file the original suit. Although this is merely a formality in a long chain of events, according to an Intel representative, the company said it repudiated Digital?s claim it had infringed on its patents.
Both companies are now negotiating behind the scenes, according to reports, and many observers believe the warring partners will reach a compromise. An out-of-court settlement would save both companies face and a lot of money. But in the mean time, both are going through the official legal processes demanded by courts and lawyers.
Much will depend on the feedback Intel lawyers get from their engineers. It is widely believed in the industry, although denied officially by all, that Risc technology is at the core of the now-delayed Merced processor.
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