Nvidia Found Guilty of Infringing Rambus 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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • randerson
    two for two on Patent trolling
  • fatkid35
    the hits just keep on coming for nvidia. whats next? a sex tape?!!!
  • AMW1011
    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.
  • jisamaniac
    Rambus is getting everyone by the balls these days.
  • RooD
    they sued me even =(
  • dingumf
    Nvidia is finished bro.

    1. No Fermi (1.7% and all the rest of it)
    2. Rambus
    3. ATI already have their next gen DX11 cards out
    4. By the time Fermi is released ATI will have the 6000 series cards.

    It truly is over. Nvidia is dead.
  • jonathan1683
    900 Million from Samsung no wonder they are suing haha.
  • dingumf
    Rambus just sued the shit out of Nvidia

    You think this won't delay Fermi?
  • IzzyCraft
    Well at least rambus aren't bullshitters
    "patented inventions for the benefit of our shareholders"
  • Khimera2000
    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.