Though Intel was an early investor in the communications chip company, Broadcom, it has joined in the spirit of the season by sueing its competitor over patent issues. Intel has already sued the company to prevent former Intel employees from using knowledge Intel terms trade secrets. The current case alleges that Broadcom’s business plan is based on the appropriation of Intel technology.
In a related story, Intel is also suing the up-and-coming Taiwanese chipmaker, Via. Most points raised in a prior law were settled by the two companies last month but Intel still wants Via to stop producing a chipset that supports Advanced Micro Devices processors.