« Carnac The Magnificent | Main | Thwarting »

February 8, 2008

Klingon Attack

WARF, the Klingon who once served on the Starship Enterprise, has resurfaced on earth as a patent troll, albeit oversized, as patent trolls are normally dwarfish. Whatever. WARF is bashing Intel for CPU patent infringement after negotiations understandably failed: Intel does not speak Klingon.

The Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) asserted 5,781,752 in the Western District of Wisconsin, after repeated attempts at licensing since 2001. Klingons are not usually so patient.

Michael Falk, WARF general counsel, lamented: "We are disappointed with Intel's lack of response in resolving this matter, and while we were not anxious to use the courts to enforce our patent rights, we have no other recourse given our duty to protect the intellectual property of our inventors and the university."

WARF pointed out that Intel's primitive earthling CoreDuo microarchitecture is just like what '752 claims. "Even a Romulan would understand it," growled WARF.

IBM, which does speak Klingon, reached a licensing settlement with WARF in 2005.

Meanwhile Intel, genetically Ferengi, but often acting like a Klingon without actually being able to speak the language, is doing its own Klingon patent bash against competitor AMD. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Posted by Patent Hawk at February 8, 2008 12:03 AM | Litigation


Definitely the FUNNIEST post I have seen anywhere in a long time.

Posted by: anoymousAgent at February 8, 2008 12:16 AM


As a long time "Trekkie" I've got to agree, this posting is a real hoot!

Posted by: EG at February 8, 2008 9:40 AM

Patent Hawk

In case Intel needs a "Klingon translator" check out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klingon_language.

Posted by: EG at February 8, 2008 9:46 AM