Intel ordered to pay $949 million for CPU patent infringement

Intel now has a new problem on its hands. According to recent information, the Californian giant was sentenced to pay a total of 949 million dollars due to processor patent infringements.

Specifically, the case concerns Intel’s Skylake and Cascade Lake CPUs and the lawsuit was filed by the company VLSI Technology, one of its longtime rivals.


It’s not because they are more popular that big companies stop having problems like any other. Incidentally, because they have more power and more prominence, these problems also end up having more impact on the market. And this is a good example of that.

Intel has always been one of the best known brands in the technological world, especially for its processors. But now it is having some issues related to the patent of some older models.

Intel fined $949 million

The company led by Pat Gelsinger has a new problem at hand related to their processors. Intel has now been sued for patent infringement and has been ordered to pay a $949 million fine for its Skylake and Cascade Lake CPUs.

The process was filed by the company VLSI Technology, with which Intel has had other disagreements. And this time, a Texas federal grand jury said the California company would have to pay that amount to the plaintiff. The indictment alleges that Intel infringed a patent with its processors, namely with regard to the 2015 Skylake and 2019 Cascade Lake architecture.

These architectures are several years old and, according to VLSI’s lawyers, these infractions allowed the generation of “millions and millions of violations every second“.

In turn, Intel says that these two CPUs use technologies developed by itself, but the plaintiff accuses the company of violating its patent 7,242,552which corresponds to a method of reducing defects due to tension applied to the glue pads.

An Intel spokesman said the company “strongly disagree” of this decision and intends to appeal against it, saying that this case is “one example of many that show the US patent system is in dire need of reform“.

VLSI is a patent holding company and an affiliate of the SoftBank Group.


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