Rambus, which has developed a reputation for tirelessly defending its patents, has loosened up on nearly half of its claims against Nvidia.
Rambus asked an administrative law judge at the International Trade Commission (ITC) to terminate the investigation of Nvidia relating to four of the nine patents stemming from a complaint filed in November 2008.
“We are pleased Rambus has recognized the weakness of these patents and claims,” stated David Shannon, Nvidia executive vice president and general counsel. “These withdrawals represent essentially half of the patents and one third of the claims asserted against us, and we look forward to addressing the remainder of the case.”
The current ITC litigation originally included nine patents involving memory controllers related to graphics processors, of which now only five remain. We’ll keep you posted on what happens with those.