•2006. Transmeta files lawsuit against Intel for patent infringement.
•2007. European Commission accuses Intel of anti-competitive practices. Intel and Transmeta settle lawsuit. Intel pays Transmeta $150 million, plus $20 million a year over the next five years, and Intel is granted licensing rights to Transmeta technology for 10 years. South Korea accuses Intel of breaking antitrust laws.
Intel holds a dominant stake in the microprocessor industry, so it’s easy to paint it as the bad guy. Perhaps Intel is guilty of unfair competition and predatory business practices to stifle competition. But, it’s also possible that smaller competitors that can’t face Intel head-to-head in the market resort to attempting to litigate their way to success.
Whether Intel is guilty or innocent, or somewhere in between, it certainly seems that there is some tremendous job security in working for the Intel legal team.