Intel has come under fire from an alumni group at the University of Wisconsin at Madison for alleged patent infringement for its Intel Core Duo processor. According to the suit, the Core 2's code prediction technology
infringes on a similar 1998 patented invention from the University.
The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) claims it has made repeated attempts starting in 2001 to meet with Intel to discuss licensing, but its overtures were rejected. As a result, the researchers are asking a Western District of Wisconsin court to issue an injunction blocking Intel from selling Core 2 Duo processors in addition to paying damages.
In a similar case, IBM settled out of court and agreed to license the technology in 2005 after WARF had initiated legal proceedings against it. It remains to be seen if Intel will follow the same route as it could be heavily impacted by a WARF victory in the suit.