Balloon affair between VIA and Intel ends with acquittal
A district court in Taipei (Taiwan) has now ruled in the legal dispute between VIA and Intel. However, it was not about the much more important licensing process between the two fighters, but simply about balloons.
VIA sued Intel managers Stanley Huang and Kelly Wu because they had advertising balloons with the lettering VIA removed from partner stands at 'Computex 2001'. In this context, VIA also sued employees of MagicMedia and Acer Sertek. The Taipei court acquitted the defendants, however, because they had an agreement with the booth companies that allowed them to remove VIA promotional materials from those booths. VIA does not want to let the matter rest on its own, but has already announced that it will appeal, as this agreement is only proof of the means with which Intel is proceeding against competitors. Allegedly, Intel is said to have paid the motherboard manufacturer to remove the VIA advertising balloons. However, this has not yet been confirmed by any side.