The European General Court has upheld the €1.06bn fine imposed on Intel for its dominant position in the x86 central processing unit market in the early part of this century.
The firm was fined in May 2009 for abusing its position between 2002 and 2007. Intel denied the charges, appealed and returned to court. Now the court has ruled.
Intel chief executive Paul Otellini said in a statement in 2009 that Europe had made a bad decision and did not understand the chip market.
"The decision is wrong. The natural result of a competitive market with only two major suppliers is that, when one company wins sales, the other does not," he said then.
But the EC's General Court has backed the earlier decision that Intel was acting to harm rival ARM's business.
"Intel brought an action against the Commission's decision before the General Court, seeking the annulment of that decision or, at least, a substantial reduction of the fine," says the ruling (PDF).
"In today's judgment, the General Court dismisses the action and thus upholds the Commission's decision."
Intel could take the case to the European Court of Justice, where it may receive a more sympathetic hearing.
"The General Court considers that none of the arguments raised by Intel supports the conclusion that the fine imposed is disproportionate," wrote the court.
"On the contrary, it must be considered that the fine is appropriate in the light of the facts of the case."
The ruling added that the five percent fine could have been larger, and that a 30 percent penalty was a possibility.
V3 has asked Intel to comment but received no reply at the time of publication.
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