In the case of McAfee et al v Intel Corp et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 16-06934, a settlement has been reached.
A lawsuit between John McAfee (creator of eponymous antivirus computer software) and Intel has been settled amicably, according to court papers. In 2010, Intel bought McAfee’s former company in for $7.68 billion and then went on to warn the former business owner that if he continued to use his name on other projects, such as John McAfee Global Technologies, that he would be infringing their trademark.
McAfee sued Intel after their prior warnings of possible trademark infringement and this was quickly countersued by Intel, accusing Mr. McAfee of infringement and unfair competition. The amount of monetary damages that could have been won from this case was left unspecified.
However, this week, the lawsuit – both from McAfee in 2016 and the countersuit from Intel – was dismissed by US District Judge Paul Oetken in Manhatten, five days after a settlement agreement was signed. The settlement states that McAfee will not use his name, trademark his name or the phrase “John McAfee Privacy Phone,” or use “John McAfee Global Technologies” in connection with cyber security/security-related products and services. However, in the agreement, McAfee retained the right to the use his name and trademark in advertising, promotions, and presentations.
Neither McAfee nor Intel admitted wrongdoing in agreeing to the settlement.
McAfee’s lawyers did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but a spokesman for Intel said the company was pleased to settle.