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Intel asks US judge for limits on AMD antitrust lawsuit

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Intel Corp, the world's largest computer-chip maker, asked a US judge to limit an antitrust lawsuit by Advanced Micro Devices Inc (AMD) to claims about US sales.

AMD is seeking damages based mostly on the sales of its German-made microprocessors in foreign countries where US courts have no jurisdiction, Intel said in a brief filed on Tuesday in Wilmington, Delaware.

"We believe this is an important legal issue," Chuck Molloy, a spokesman for Intel, said on Wed-nesday today in a telephone interview. "It's about the law."

AMD, based in Sunnyvale, California, sued Intel last year, claiming the company had built up a 90 percent share of the world computer-chip market by stifling competition and trying to "coerce customers to refrain from dealing with AMD."

Tom McCoy, AMD's chief administrative officer, called the latest filing "another Intel effort to escape responsibility for marketplace misconduct."

The lawsuit is about "exclusionary conduct perpetrated by one US-based company against another US-based company," McCoy said in an e-mail statement. That places the case "well within the purview of US antitrust laws," he said.

US District Judge Joseph Farnan said last month a jury trial on AMD's claims will be scheduled for sometime in 2008. More than 50 PC buyers are suing Intel in the same court, claiming Intel maintained a monopoly on chips that drove up PC prices.

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