AMD advocaten hebben ComputerNerd geboden om te stoppen met de verkoop van gemodificeerde Athlons, die door ComputerNerd worden aangeboden onder de naam 'Nerdlon'. Of het om een simpele trademark kwestie gaat, of dat AMD een verbod wil op de verkoop van alle overgeklokte Athlons, is niet helemaal duidelijk. Hier de info van de ComputerNerd.com.
We have been contacted by the law firm of Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson who specialize in:
"Litigation and Counseling in the areas of Domestic and International Trademarks, Unfair Competition, Copyright, and Technology and Computer Law, including Licensing, Franchising, Advertising and Promotions, Right of Publicity, Counterfeiting and Trade Secrets"
and who have Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) as one of their clients.
[...] Be that as it may, Mr. Geraldson, a partner with the firm, communicated very clearly to us by telephone on January 19th that their client has instructed them to advise us that we are violating AMD's trademarks by reselling modified Athlon® processors and that we must immediately cease and desist or be prepared for a lawsuit against us by AMD.
[...] We are taking action to attempt to persuade AMD to drop this request, but in the meantime, it looks like we may have to discontinue these sales, not because we believe AMD's action is consistent with the law, but because we do not have the resources to wage a legal battle against them. Accordingly, as soon as our attorney has received and had an opportunity to evaluate the formal brief from AMD, we expect to have to remove these items from our website.
We believe there is a definite possibility that the next move by AMD may be to use similar tactics to try to stop sales of our POW!er Boost overclocking controller for the Athlon® and similar "Golden Fingers" Devices from other vendors.
Taken together, such an outcome would significantly restrict the options available for overclockers interested in realizing the full potential of the Athlon® processor. And we fear that if AMD is successful in this, Intel may be encouraged to try the same thing.