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Rambus files patent suit vs. Nvidia

Posted: 14 Jul 2008  Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:patent infringement  patent suit  memory controller 

Rambus Inc. has filed a patent infringement suit against Nvidia Corp. in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.

The lawsuit alleges that a number of Nvidia products with memory controllers for SDR, DDR, DDR2, DDR3, GDDR and GDDR3 SDRAM infringe 17 Rambus patents. The accused products in the complaint include chipsets, graphics processors, media communication processors, multimedia applications processors and other products from at least six Nvidia product lines. Rambus is seeking injunctive relief barring the infringement, contributory infringement, and inducement to infringe the Rambus patents, as well as monetary damages.

"For more than six years, we have diligently attempted to negotiate a licensing agreement with Nvidia, but our good faith efforts have been to no avail," said Tom Lavelle, senior VP and general counsel at Rambus. "Graphics and multimedia products require leading-edge memory performance, and as Nvidia advances its product portfolio, it infringes more and more of our patents. We are left with no other recourse than litigation to protect and seek fair compensation for the use of our patented inventions. Nevertheless, we hope to continue discussions with Nvidia to reach a negotiated settlement."





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