Intel Sued by University of New Mexico Over Chips

Intel Corp., the world’s largest chipmaker, was accused by the University of New Mexico of infringing a patent for printing electronic circuits.

STC.UNM, the patent licensing office at the Albuquerque, New Mexico-based university, demanded in a lawsuit filed today that Intel pay an unspecified amount of royalties. The university isn’t seeking an order to block sales of Intel chips.

The dispute is over a technique to print electronic circuits closer together on silicon wafers, which lets more information be stored on the chips. STC.UNM filed a trade complaint in June against companies including Samsung Electronics Co. and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. over the same patent. Those companies have since settled.

The invention “has emerged as a key solution to the fabrication of advanced devices,” STC.UNM said in a statement.

Chuck Mulloy, a spokesman with Santa Clara, California- based Intel, said the company had no comment on the lawsuit.

The complaint was filed in federal court in Albuquerque “to ensure that the interests of the University of New Mexico, its inventors and its licensees are protected and that the STC receives the compensation to which it is entitled,” the licensing office said.

The case is STC.UNM v. Intel Corp., 10cv1077, U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico (Albuquerque).

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