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Nvidia Found Guilty of Infringing Rambus Patents

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 66 comments

Rambus rolls on with its memory technology patents.

In summer 2008, Rambus claimed that "a number of Nvidia products" with memory controllers for SDR, DDR, DDR2, DDR3, GDDR, and GDDR3 SDRAM infringe upon 17 Rambus patents, leading to the expected lawsuit.

Last Friday, the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that Nvidia violated three of five patents held by Rambus which could lead to a possible U.S. ban on the import of some Nvidia products.

"We will continue to vigorously protect our patented inventions for the benefit of our shareholders and in fairness to our paying licensees," said Rambus General Counsel Tom Lavelle. "We would be interested in having productive settlement discussions with Nvidia."

Nvidia, expectedly, isn't so eager to set up any sort of payment schedule. According to Reuters, Nvidia is waiting for a decision from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office later this year on whether or not Rambus has full claim to some of the patents involved in the current dispute with Nvidia. If Rambus is found to not have full claim, it would change the outcome of the ITC's ruling considerably.

"We're going to continue to take the necessary steps to move forward with our arguments, not necessarily just with the ITC, but certainly in the Patent and Trademark Office," said David Shannon, Nvidia general counsel.

News of this comes just after Rambus' $900 million settlement with Samsung over patent disagreements.

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    fatkid35 , January 25, 2010 7:55 PM
    the hits just keep on coming for nvidia. whats next? a sex tape?!!!
  • 23 Hide
    randerson , January 25, 2010 7:53 PM
    two for two on Patent trolling
  • 22 Hide
    RooD , January 25, 2010 8:01 PM
    they sued me even =(
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  • 23 Hide
    randerson , January 25, 2010 7:53 PM
    two for two on Patent trolling
  • 31 Hide
    fatkid35 , January 25, 2010 7:55 PM
    the hits just keep on coming for nvidia. whats next? a sex tape?!!!
  • 20 Hide
    AMW1011 , January 25, 2010 7:55 PM
    Wow, talk about kicking someone when they are down. This is just what nVidia needs. No competitive products, problems with production runs, and the possible inability to make a new mobile chip. And now this.

    Wonder what these bans will be for?

    Oh and, why do the courts take Rambus seriously? They've sued damn near everyone.
  • 22 Hide
    jisamaniac , January 25, 2010 7:55 PM
    Rambus is getting everyone by the balls these days.
  • 22 Hide
    RooD , January 25, 2010 8:01 PM
    they sued me even =(
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    jonathan1683 , January 25, 2010 8:04 PM
    900 Million from Samsung no wonder they are suing haha.
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    dingumf , January 25, 2010 8:08 PM
    Rambus just sued the shit out of Nvidia

    You think this won't delay Fermi?
  • 19 Hide
    IzzyCraft , January 25, 2010 8:08 PM
    Well at least rambus aren't bullshitters
    "patented inventions for the benefit of our shareholders"
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    Khimera2000 , January 25, 2010 8:11 PM
    Not sure if green is dead, but they are in a lot of hot water... maybe they can open up some of there gpu patents to third parties? licensing out in demand technology would help keep nvidia by siphoning competitor sales. its just an idea though doubt they would licence out anything worth while. :D 

    better yet how bout a merger with AMD/ATI :D  (again probably not going to happen) but it would make for a company that could really lock intel out of the graphics game for a LOOOONNNGGG Time.
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    Nexus52085 , January 25, 2010 8:12 PM
    dingumfNvidia is finished bro.1. No Fermi (1.7% and all the rest of it)2. Rambus3. ATI already have their next gen DX11 cards out4. By the time Fermi is released ATI will have the 6000 series cards.It truly is over. Nvidia is dead.

    You're so friggin' stupid it hurts.
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    turboflame , January 25, 2010 8:14 PM
    Envydia status:
    [X] TOLD
    [ ] NOT TOLD
  • 4 Hide
    Anonymous , January 25, 2010 8:18 PM
    Japanese fermi cooking itself at 300TDP
  • 5 Hide
    dingumf , January 25, 2010 8:23 PM
    GentoomanJapanese fermi cooking itself at 300TDP


    That's enough to power a 5970; a dual GPU card
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    kravmaga , January 25, 2010 8:25 PM
    IzzyCraftWell at least rambus aren't bullshitters"patented inventions for the benefit of our shareholders"


    There's a difference between patenting your company's legitimate tech invention portfolio and using submarine patents hoping the day comes you can profit on it.
    What rambus is doing is purely patent trolling and they didn't even invent that.

    The only reason I can think of why it's still not illegal is because they haven't pissed off a big enough fish as of yet.
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    nukem950 , January 25, 2010 8:25 PM
    Yay for Rambus (sarcasm). More importantly, I hate the U.S. technology and software patent system.
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    envolva , January 25, 2010 8:38 PM
    khimera2000better yet how bout a merger with AMD/ATI (again probably not going to happen) but it would make for a company that could really lock intel out of the graphics game for a LOOOONNNGGG Time.

    The day after the ATI and NVidia fuse graphic cards will increase in price with rebranded names. After all where else would you buy video cards anyway.
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    megamanx00 , January 25, 2010 8:45 PM
    Yet another example of why we need patent reform and the elimination of patent trolls. Especially patent trolls whom advise people to use a new standard where they secretly hold a bunch of patents they hope to use further on down the road to make lots of money.
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    zorky9 , January 25, 2010 8:53 PM
    Rambus - Your license to sue. TM
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    Anonymous , January 25, 2010 9:07 PM
    dingumfRambus just sued the shit out of NvidiaYou think this won't delay Fermi?

    Watch this cause Fermi not to be released at all. Hell, Fermi probably uses some of the Rambus patents and stopping production could be part of the settlement for all we know!
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