Intel sued over "Dual Core" phrase

By Justin Mann on September 5, 2007, 6:12 PM
You've got to be kidding me on this one. A company known as DualCor, who announced at the 2006 CES they would be releasing their own UMPC product, has seen it fit to drag Intel to court. They are taking them to court over use of the phrase “Dual Core”, in what has to be one of the most ridiculous lawsuits this year.

DualCor, which uses Intel technology in their UMPC products, claims that Intel's useof “Dual Core” is confusing or otherwise deceitful to potential DualCor customers, particularly since DualCor is a company that almost no one has heard of.

Of course, Intel thinks the suit is without merit. “Dual Core”, after all, is simply describing the CPU involved – and isn't a trademarked slogan of any sort. AMD uses the term “Dual Core” as well to describe their X2 line, and just about every PC vendor in the world has been throwing it around as an easy way to say “Processor with multiple cores on a single die”. I hope for everyone's sake that this case is tossed out as soon as it makes it to court.

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miyu said:
Another useless lawsuit that is clogging the American justice system. I hope that this case gets thrown out. Its the typical small to mid size company that wants a share of the pie that Intel has made with its successful line of Dual Core processors.
Fornacis said:
DualCor should be burned out of existence for this nonsense.Its like Nvidia using "GForce" which is an 80's Cartoon based called Battle of the Planets. Damn...maybe I shouldn't have mentioned that. LAWSUIT.
8IronBob said:
Well, doing this isn't gonna change the way we build our rigs. Dual-core is dual-core, and the technology's out there, and I feel that this lawsuit is very much delayed. They should've thought about this BEFORE Intel and AMD launched their processors. Sorry, DualCor, you're SOL. Maybe it's *you* that should change the name of *your* company, and leave the processor manufacturers alone.
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