Judge denies Intel's FTC clarification request

A US administrative law has denied Intel's request that the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) further explain the antitrust charges it filed against the chipmaker. In a two-sentence ruling, Judge James Timony has without explanation rejected Intel's motion for a more definite statement and instead ordered Intel to respond to the FTC complaint within 10 days. An Intel spokesman said the company would comply with the judge's order.

A US administrative law has denied Intel's request that the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) further explain the antitrust charges it filed against the chipmaker.

In a two-sentence ruling, Judge James Timony has without explanation rejected Intel's motion for a more definite statement and instead ordered Intel to respond to the FTC complaint within 10 days.

Neither the FTC nor Intel had any comment on the ruling, but an Intel spokesman said the company would comply with the judge's order to file an answer to the complaint within 10 days.

A week ago Intel filed a motion asking the judge to require the FTC to provide definitions of markets and competitors within the context of the FTC's antitrust complaint filed in early June.

The FTC's complaint alleges that Intel is trying to cement its dominance of the microprocessor market and charges the chipmaker with withholding technical information from certain competitors with which Intel has legal disputes.

In its motion last week Intel's lawyers said only Digital Equipment , now owned by Compaq Computer, is a rival chip maker, while the other two companies named in the complaint -- Compaq and Intergraph -- are customers, not rivals. Intel had also asked for a more complete definition of the market for microprocessors that the company allegedly is dominating.

The FTC, based in Washington, D.C., can be reached at http://www.ftc.gov/. Intel, in Santa Clara, California, can be reached at http://www.intel.com/.

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