Intel won a significant challenge to the AMD antitrust case when a Judge ruled in the chip giant’s favor.
Back in May, Intel filed a motion with the U.S. District Court of Delaware challenging the scope of AMD’s charges. Without addressing the merits of the case, Intel
argued in its motion that since most of AMD’s microprocessors are manufactured in Germany, the ones sold outside the U.S. should not be relevant to the U.S. court’s jurisdiction.
AMD argued that microprocessors are a single global market that Intel has tried to monopolize.
Intel has consistently disputed the antitrust charge, but this challenge was strictly on the merits of the scope of AMD’s claim which is now limited to the U.S. Intel had also noted that AMD
is already seeking redress through the Japanese courts, the European Commission and the Korean Fair Trade Commission.
On Tuesday, Judge Joseph Farnan ruled in Intel’s favor, dismissing any claims AMD made related to alleged loss of sales of foreign customers such as computer companies that bought Intel chips instead of AMD.
U.S. chip sales, while enormous, represent a fraction of the worldwide market. AMD said it expects various legal entities to continue the investigation into Intel’s actions, and for its part has no plans to let up.
“As this U.S. litigation is joined by global antitrust investigations, it is clear that Intel cannot escape the consequences of its illegal monopoly abuses,” said AMD’s head of legal affairs Tom McCoy in an email statement sent to internetnews.com.