New York
31 January 2017
Reporter: Barney Dixon

McAfee denied injunction against Intel


A US district court has refused McAfee anti-virus system creator John McAfee’s plea for a preliminary injunction against Intel.

McAfee requested the injunction in December last year as part of an ongoing trademark tussle with Intel over the rights to the McAfee name. Intel, with help from private equity firm TPG, plans to spin out a cybersecurity company called McAfee, retaining a 49-percent ownership stake.

McAfee asked the court for the injunction to bar Intel from selling, trading, assigning, leasing or transferring any rights relating to ‘McAfee’, until the trademark dispute is resolved.

He said that if Intel’s spin-off goes ahead, any judgement awarded to him would be “ineffectual”.

Last year’s lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, alleged that McAfee had not assigned Intel the rights to his personal name via trademark or otherwise when Intel acquired his company, McAfee Associates, in 2011.

McAfee brought the action after looking to change the name of his new company, MGT Capital Investments, to John McAfee Global Technologies.

MGT received a letter from Intel asserting that McAfee sold the trademark and brand to In

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