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Qualcomm Warning: 6 Times Intel Has Sued Competitors Over Chip Designs

After warning companies not to emulate its x86 designs in a blog post, Intel is set to defend its x86 franchise against Qualcomm's newly-announced powered Windows 10 devices. Here are six instances of Intel claiming patent infringement when competitors posed a threat.

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Intel's Warning For Qualcomm

Intel on Thursday released a blog post that served as a warning for companies emulating its proprietary x86 instruction set architecture (ISA) without its permission. The post ran a week after competitor Qualcomm announced its intent to provide x86 emulation on Windows 10 ARM-based PCs.

"There have been reports that some companies may try to emulate Intel's proprietary x86 ISA without Intel's authorization," said the blog post, which was written by Intel Executive Vice President and General Counsel Steven Rodgers and Director of Systems and Software Research Richard Uhlig.

Intel's past shows that the company is not afraid to bring companies to court over IP rights against infringement by third-party microprocessors. Following are six companies Intel has grappled with over patent disputes.

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