FW: Industry: (WSJ) An Auction of Chip Patents May Ignite Bidding

Joe Barrera (joebar@MICROSOFT.com)
Sat, 2 Aug 1997 09:46:21 -0700

This is from the WSJ so I don't have a URL.

> Mr. Belgard said Exponential filed for one Merced-like patent on Aug.
> 1994, about six months before Intel filed for its similar patent. Stu
Auvinen, a
> consulting patent agent for Exponential, added that Exponential's
patents make
> it easier to build a microprocessor that processes both Intel-type
> instructions and instructions common to chips that use a design called
> instruction-set computing, or RISC. Merced is expected to have similar
> capability.

> "This filing predates Intel's filing and it is possible it could
knock out
> their Merced patent," Mr. Auvinen said. "It has strategic value."

- Joe

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