Prisoner Sues Intel For $5 Billion

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Inmate Matthew Young claims that Steve Jobs stole the idea of his “Lancelot” and passed it onto Intel.

Matthew Robert Young, currently incarcerated at the Snake River Correctional Institution in Ontario, Oregon, says that the Core 2 Duo chip and its virtualization technology are based on his earlier “Lancelot” design.

The computer itself was meant to be “Hacker proof, Virus proof Computer with Multiphase Microprocessors” and he was hoping that Apple would market or buy the design off him, for a cool $250 million. Surprisingly, there was no comeback call.

According to the filing though, Steve Jobs met up with Intel later that year and passed those secrets on, and in June 2006, Intel senior vice president Pat Gelsinger appeared in The Oregonian holding a motherboard. Young says he can prove this motherboard was manufactured from his stolen intellectual property.

Young wrote to Intel:

Dear Intel Corporation:

Does this look familiar? Well it should. It is the Hacker Proof, Virus Proof Computer, that I invented, which I Call [LANCELOT]. I showed it to Steve Jobs, at Apple Computer, and asked him for Two Hundred and Fifty Million Dollars, he took it to you at Intel, and you built it but you do not know how to turn it on.

So here is what you are going to do. You are going to Agree to pay me Seventy Percent (70 %) every thing that You Gross Profit, and then I will tell you how to turn It on and make it do what I Designed it to do.

You have 30 days to Respond, on Bonded paper, with your Signature written in Blue ink, or I am going to send copies Of my schematics to AMD (Advance Micro Devices) and Tell them how it works for next to nothing.

His reply – which he states proves Intel knew about it, reads:

We have received the materials you provided to us in connection with the above referenced matter. After consideration and review of the submitted documents, Intel has determined not to pursue this matter.

Thank you for your interest in Intel Corporation and for bringing this opportunity to our attention.

As if that wasn’t enough, Young then cites the Bible as reference for why Intel is liable, specifically Romans 3:19/20:

v. 19 Now we know that what things so ever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped and all the world may become guilty before God.

v. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

You can read the whole lawsuit here.

Source: The Register

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