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Rambus Under Fire in Patent Battle With Nvidia

Rambus and Nvidia have been arguing over five Rambus patents that, according to the the U.S. International Trade Commission, Nvidia infringed on. Nvidia escaped an injunction by paying Rambus royalties, but it was later found that Nvidia only infringed on three patents, not five. Both companies filed appeals and are now back in court.

In a recent hearing, Rambus conceded that it destroyed documents relating to the patent case, but the process was simply business as usual. The court had a tough time believing the Rambus claim, however. Reuters quoted judge Kathleen O'Malley saying "You admit you have no idea what was destroyed! You have no record of what was destroyed!" In a following statement, O'Malley added: "Remember, you saved the ones that helped you and destroyed the ones that hurt you."

Nvidia is currently paying royalty rates of between 1 and 2 percent to Rambus, depending on the chip. At least for now, there seems to be a good chance that these rates will be lowered significantly. Rambus' credibility seems to be question already and there might be a chance for Nvidia to get back to Rambus by asking for damages.

  • AbdullahG
    Patent Wars 3: Revenge of the Patent Trolls
  • ta152h
    This is like putting a goldfish in with a piranha. NVIDIA might win against lightweights like Intel, but whatever momentary successes they might have, they're going up against the God of Litigation.

    "Getting thrown under the Rambus" will no doubt become the new catch phrase for a company getting sued for something they thought was an open standard, with little chance of avoiding a miserable defeat.
  • drwho1
    Rambus is the Apple of memory chips.
    I remember over decade ago nobody cared about them (or there overpriced memory) so they started suing everyone.

    Apparently that's all they still do.
  • dsolom3
    Oh lordy, will someone, PLEASE, make Rambus pull an SCO this year?
  • CPU666d1
    Well it looks like nvidea has Judge O'Malley on their side as far as the missing documents are concerned & now rambus is getting scared obviously, because it will cost them more money if they should appeal and if they lose that appeal it will cost them even more.
  • JohnnyLucky
    Reminds of the Nixon White House tapes that were mysteriously erased!!! LOL
  • vittau
    Someone PLEASE find a way to get rid of Rambus!
  • CKKwan
    Whenever I see Rambus, I knew something bad is coming... OMG
  • CyberAngel
    How about if we start all praying that Rambus will disappear as a company?
  • stingstang
    1-2% or lord, no!