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Intel Corp., the world's largest computer-chip maker, asked a U.S. judge to limit an antitrust lawsuit by Advanced Micro Devices Inc. to claims about U.S. sales.

Advanced Micro is seeking damages based mostly on the sales of its German-made microprocessors in foreign countries where U.S. courts have no jurisdiction, Intel said in a 31-page brief filed yesterday in Wilmington, Del.

"We believe this is an important legal issue," Chuck Mulloy, a spokesman for Santa Clara, Calif.-based Intel, said Thursday in a telephone interview. "It's about the law."

Advanced Micro, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., sued Intel last year, claiming the company had built up a 90 percent share of the world computer-chip market by stifling competition and trying to "coerce customers to refrain from dealing with AMD."

Tom McCoy, Advanced Micro's chief administrative officer, called the latest filing "another Intel effort to escape responsibility for marketplace misconduct."

The lawsuit is about "exclusionary conduct perpetrated by one U.S.-based company against another U.S.-based company," McCoy said in an e-mailed statement. That places the case "well within the purview of U.S. antitrust laws," he said.

U.S. District Judge Joseph J. Farnan Jr. said last month a jury trial on Advanced Micro's claims will be scheduled for sometime in 2008. More than 50 personal-computer buyers are suing Intel in the same court, claiming Intel maintained a monopoly on chips that drove up PC prices.

Shares of Intel, which reported $38.8 billion in sales last year, fell 43 cents to $19.16 in Nasdaq Stock Market trading. Advanced Micro, with $5.85 billion in 2005 sales, rose 65 cents to $33.27 in New York Stock Exchange composite trading.

The case is Advanced Micro Devices Inc. v. Intel Corp., CA 05CV441, U.S. District Court, Delaware (Wilmington).

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