Intel begins its defense in FTC trial

Let the games begin: Intel Corporation is preparing for its own antitrust trial, this one brought on by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which initially targeted Microsoft Corporation with a similar charge before passing the case on to the Justice Department (DOJ). The government alleges that Intel has a monopoly in the microprocessor industry and wields its power unlawfully over competitors and partners.

In pre-trial briefs that were filed this week, Intel notes that the government's own economics expert found "no direct evidence" that Intel actions harmed competition or innovation, however. The company even has written depositions from chip competitors Motorola, IBM, Compaq (formerly Digital), Sun Microsystems, and Hewlett-Packard that say Intel never curtailed their research and development efforts.

Unlike Microsoft, Intel doesn't deny that it uses hardball tactics in its dealings with both competitors and customers. But Intel says that intellectual property laws protect such tactics and that competitors were never harmed

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