X2Y Attenuators LLC filed a patent lawsuit against Apple, Intel, and HP. However ITC Administrative Law Judge David Shaw cleared the three companies and ruled that the patents asserted by X2Y as being invalid. Based in Erie, Pennsylvania, X2Y filed the lawsuit in June 2011 and sought an import ban from Intel powered products. X2Y named products like the Apple 27-inch Core i3 mac, the HP TouchSmart 610 Series PC, and the Intel Core i7-950 3.06GHz LGA 1366 desktop processor in the lawsuit.
Congress members sent letters to the ITC supporting Intel and urged the Commission to not issue an import ban. I am glad they did that because I believe that X2Y simply just another patent troll. I believe that they would be stifling innovation simply for their own greedy benefit.
X2Y said that “Intel did not take a license, but appears to have adopted X2Y?s technology anyway. X2Y is willing, and has always been willing, to provide Intel with a license at a reasonable rate similar to that paid by its other licensees for their manufacture and use of X2Y technology.”
It seems like X2Y does not manufacture hardware, but stays in business by “licensing” technology to manufacturing companies. “Needless to say we are gratified with this result,” stated Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy. “We said all along that we don’t believe our products infringe and we questioned the validity of the patents.”