Intel in dispute with Broadcom

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LISTING A SERIES of suspicious actions and possibly deceptive moves by Broadcom, Intel on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Broadcom, alleging violations of Intel patents.

In its complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Delaware, Intel alleged that "nearly every aspect of Broadcom's business -- cable products, high-speed networking products, even semiconductor packaging configurations -- violates one or more Intel patents."

Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel charges Broadcom with obtaining Intel trade secrets through a series of bogus employee interviews with Intel employees. Upon learning of the interviews, Intel commenced initial legal action against Broadcom on March 8.

A temporary restraining order was then placed on Broadcom on March 10, prohibiting the company from further disclosing or obtaining Intel trade secrets.

According to the Intel complaint, Broadcom's alleged attempt to conceal a set of notes detailing the misappropriated Intel trade secrets helped fuel this most recent law suit.

"In our view [Broadcom doesn't] have the respect for our intellectual property," Intel spokesman Chuck Malloy said.

Officials for Broadcom, an Irvine, Calif.-- based provider of highly integrated silicon solutions that enable broadband digital transmission of voice, video, and data, could not be reached for comment.

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